Grants Awarded

Spring 2021 Grant Cycle

During our Spring 2021 grant cycle, we awarded $3.78 million in grants for 10 projects to support families in accessing coordinated pediatric audiology and LSL intervention.

CCHAT Center: Littlest Listeners 2.0: Expanding LSL and Audiology Services for Young Children with Hearing Loss (3 year grant totaling $700,000). Funding will be used to provide aggressive, coordinated pediatric audiology and LSL intervention to children, 0-36 months, to assist in meeting the 1,3,6 criteria and to publish documented outcomes for this population.

Child’s Voice: Child’s Voice Early Childhood Education & Support (3 year grant totaling $945,000). Funding will be used to expand and enhance early childhood services at Child’s Voice through the Audiology Center and Early Intervention Program for children ages 0-3 across northern Illinois.

The Hearing and Speech Center: The Listening and Spoken Language Center at The Hearing & Speech Center (3 year grant totaling $150,000). Funding will be used to support the Listening and Spoken Language Center efforts, including enhancing and streamlining coordinated LSL early intervention and pediatric audiological services.

HOPE School: Coordinated LSL Early Intervention and Pediatric Audiology for Children Birth-3 in Eastern Washington (3 year grant totaling $152,700).  Funding will be used to implement a co-treat approach in Eastern Washington counties between HOPE’s TODs/SLPs and Spokane-based audiologists, as part of developing LSL Early Intervention services for families with B-3 children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) in rural areas.

The Moog Center for Deaf Education: Support of Moog Center EI Program (3 year grant totaling $600,000).  Funding will be used to increase access to quality LSL services for children ages 0-3 by implementing coordinated audiologic and LSL intervention services as early as possible for best outcomes and working with local diagnosing hospitals to receive children earlier.

Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children: Parent-Infant Program (1 year grant for $100,000).  Funding will be used to provide critical services to children (0-3) who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.  Parent-infant advisors and audiologists will provide a collaborative approach in LSL intervention establishing a foundation for success.

Texas Hearing Institute
and ALL EARS! Listening and Language Center: Heart of Texas Planning Grant (1 year grant for $35,000). Funding will be used to plan the implementation of a coordinated LSL and audiology program throughout Texas for children ages 0-3. Planning will establish collaborations, goals, roles, responsibilities, evaluation methods, marketing strategies, and expansion timelines.8S0A8485

The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation: Increasing Access to Pediatric Audiology Services on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2 year grant totaling $26,571). Funding will be used to support timely access to pediatric audiology services in a rural, underserved region of Southern Mississippi.

Weingarten Children’s Center: BabyTalk 2021: Collaboration, Coordinated Care, and Research (3 year grant totaling $600,000).  Funding will be used to expand coordinated pediatric audiology and LSL intervention to more families of littles while working collaboratively with 5 audiology centers (UCSF, BCHO, Stanford, Rady Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s) on a PCORI study.

Woolley Institute for Spoken-Language Education: WISE MARKS (Mobile Audiology Resources for Kids). (3 year grant totaling $467,500).  Funding will be used to equip a mobile unit outfitted with equipment needed for a team of pediatric professionals to provide audiological services and Listening & Spoken Language intervention to children who are deaf or hard of hearing living in rural areas of Alabama.

Fall 2020 Grant Cycle

During our Fall 2020 grant cycle, we awarded $1.77 million in grants for 6 projects to support families in accessing coordinated LSL and audiology services.

Foundation of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear: Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Care Consultation and Coaching (2-year grant totaling $170,000). Funding will be used to support an innovative coaching and referral program to proactively address challenges underserved families face when a baby receives a diagnosis of hearing loss and during the first three years of life.

Hands & Voices: General Operating and Sustainability (1-year grant totaling $50,000). Funding will support programs in support of families and professionals.

Home of the Innocents: Little Ears Hearing Center at Open Arms Children’s Health (3-year grant totaling $294,800). Funding will be used to expand and continue audiology and LSL services throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana via teletherapy.

The New York and Presbyterian Hospital: Community Hearing Health Collaborative to Meet the Needs of Children with Hearing Impairment (3-year grant totaling $792,107). Funding will strengthen a Community Health Worker-driven collaborative to support families of newborns and infants with hearing loss by providing telehealth and in-person connection to medical, educational and social resources.heardiff

Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation: Implementation of Telehealth Service Provision to Fragile Pediatric Populations (3-year grant totaling $330,240). Funding will be used to remove barriers to speech, audiology, and developmental services for children with cochlear implants who are either medically challenged or geographically distant through creation of individual, in-home telemedicine options.

University of Minnesota Foundation: Increasing Access to LSL Services Immediately After Diagnosis of Hearing Loss (2-year grant totaling $128,000). Funding will be used to provide early access to LSL services by connecting families with a LSLS Cert. AVT immediately after diagnosis of hearing loss through video visits.

Spring 2020 Grant Cycle

During our Spring 2020 grant cycle, we awarded $1.95 million in grants for 11 projects to support families in accessing LSL services in their community. 

Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc.Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc. (1-year grant totaling $105,000). Funding will support access to LSL tele-therapy services for families in Georgia.

Callier Center for Communication DisordersEarly Intervention for Infant Hearing Loss Project – Phase 2 (1-year grant totaling $163,177). Funding will support a project to improve the rate of early infant audiology interventions in North Texas.

Center for Hearing and CommunicationHear with CHC (2-year grant totaling $200,000). Funding will support access to LSL tele-therapy services for families in New York.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and SpeechOptimizing Access to Collaborative LSL EI Services (1-year grant totaling $250,000). Funding will support family access to high-quality, family-centered collaborative EI and audiology services in Clarke’s 5 locations in Boston, Jacksonville, New York, Northampton and Philadelphia.

HOPE SchoolComprehensive Eastern Washington LSL Early Intervention Services (1-year grant totaling $105,000). Funding will support expanded accesses to Early Intervention services for children in rural Eastern Washington and implement a co-treatment model for LSL services and audiology in Spokane County and other rural counties.

Listen and TalkGeneral Operating Grant for 2020-2021 (1-year grant totaling $450,000). Funding will support operating expenses during a transitional year as Listen and Talk positions itself for sustainable and cost-effective LSL service delivery.

Ohio Valley VoicesOhio Valley Voices and Dayton Children’s HospitalA Collaborative of Services (1-year grant totaling $100,000). Funding will support creation of a model for coordinating audiology and LSL services for underserved children in the Dayton-Montgomery County, OH area.

The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNCTele-Audiology Following Cochlear Implantation Expansion (1-year grant totaling $24,000). Funding will support expansion of a pilot tele-audiology program for cochlear implant mapping.

Utah State UniversitySound Beginnings Birth to 3year-old LSL Program (1-year grant totaling $149,715). Funding will support community outreach to expand families’ access to LSL services in Utah.

Utah State UniversitySupport for EHDI-PALS (3-year grant totaling $150,000). Funding will support families’ access to pediatric audiology services through the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention – Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI-PALS).

Weingarten Children’s CenterBabyTalk:  Sustainability and Expanded Excellence (1-year grant totaling $250,000). Funding will support access to LSL tele-therapy services for families in California.

Fall 2019 Grant Cycle

During our Fall 2019 grant cycle, we awarded $3.6 million in grants for 11 projects.

Projects Related to the Family Journey

Hands & Voices: General Support for Collaborative Efforts (1-year grant totaling $50,000).  Funding will support collaborative efforts to support families with children who are D/HH.

University of Southern California: Decreasing Disparities in Hearing Healthcare in Urban Communities (1-year grant totaling $81,800).  Funding will support investigation of factors that undermine timely access to hearing healthcare by vulnerable families of children who are D/HH from underserved urban communities.

Projects Related to LSL Services 0-3

Auditory Oral Foundation: LSL Early Learning at AOSNY (3-year grant totaling $1,500,000). Funding will support access to LSL early learning services at Auditory Oral School of New York for the youngest, most vulnerable Brooklyn children who are D/HH.

Center for Hearing and Speech: LSL Goes to School:  Remote Services for Children and Families in Underserved Rural School Districts (1-year grant totaling $50,000). Funding will support tele-therapy LSL services for children with hearing loss in underserved rural communities and mentoring/support services for their families and professionals in partnership with the Victoria Regional Day School Program for the Deaf.

Child’s Voice: Defining Our Voices (2-year grant totaling $35,000). Funding will support capacity building and a planning period to focus on enhancing programming to support more children and their families, identifying sustainable funding solutions, and defining the long-term vision for Child’s Voice and its services.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech: tVISITs as Standard of Care (2.5-year grant totaling $654,000). Funding will support an increase in the number of families served through tVISITs by increasing efficiency, outreach and staff capacity and delivering telepractice as standard of care.

Hearts for Hearing: All Ears Moving Forward (3-year grant totaling $650,000). Funding will expand quality audiology services for infants & toddlers with hearing loss in Oklahoma and regionally with an emphasis on leveraging new and innovative technologies.

Listen Foundation: Children’s Listening and Spoken Language Therapy Program Usin155A9919g Tele-Health (3-year grant totaling $90,000). Funding will support the tele-intervention program launched in 2013 and increase access to LSL services for families in rural Colorado.

Northern Voices: Research and Redesign of Service Delivery Options in MN (1-year grant totaling $80,000). Funding will support research of LSL service delivery models and plan a redesigned program to meet goals pertaining to efficiency and expanded access to services for families.

Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children: Support for Parent-Infant Program and Collaborative Projects with Hearing First (1-year grant totaling $100,000). Funding will support operational costs of the parent-infant program to ensure families have continued access to high-quality LSL services and collaborative projects with Hearing First and the Hearing First Community.

Utah State University: Listening and Spoken Language Tele-Intervention Services for Children Who Are D/HH and Their Families (3-year grant totaling $300,000). Funding will support continued and expanded access across multiple states to Utah State University Tele-Intervention LSL services for children 0-3 years who are D/HH and their families.

Spring 2019 Grant Cycle

During our Spring 2019 grant cycle, we awarded over $1.62 million in grants for 6 projects.

Projects Related to LSL Services 0-3

The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center – UNC: Tele-Audiology Following Cochlear Implantation:  A Pilot (1-year grant totaling $12,500). Funding will support a pilot tele-audiology program for cochlear implant mapping through a collaboration between the cochlear implant center and an audiologist in the community.

Child’s Voice: Early Intervention Program in Chicago (3-year grant totaling $330,000). Funding will support the Chicago location of the Child’s Voice early intervention program.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech: tVisit Interim Funding (6 month grant totaling $96,000). Funding will support tVisit tele-intervention services.

hear ME Now!: Pediatric Hearing Center of Maine (2-year grant totaling $290,000). Funding will support a partnership with multiple stakeholder organizations to develop and implement a strategic plan for a Pediatric Hearing Health Center including audiological and LSL services.

Listen and Talk: Bridging the Gap (2-year grant totaling $675,000). Funding will support the Listen and Talk program and LSL services in their community.

Weingarten Children’s Center: BabyTalk (1-year grant totaling $215,000). Funding will support the BabyTalk tele-intervention program.