Grants Awarded

Fall 2017 Grant Cycle

During our Fall 2017 grant cycle, we awarded over $2.8 million in grants for 8 projects.

Projects Related to the Family Journey

Atlanta Speech School: Atlanta Speech School, Grady, Department of Public Health Partnership Program Grant  (3-year grant totaling $620,500).  Funding will support creating a public/private partnership model that ensures D/HH babies of Georgia’s most vulnerable families will be on an integrated path to literacy with immediate diagnosis and concurrent intervention in the first 2 weeks of life.

Cook Children’s Medical Center: Go Away Delay. Eliminating Delay of LSL Services  (3-year grant totaling $598,590).  Funding will support closing the gap of: time of ID and speech-language evaluation and starting LSL therapy; lapses in therapy because of insurance authorization timing; family’s professional team communication; delays in child’s LSL development.heardiff

Hands & Voices:  Operating Support (1-year grant totaling $25,000). Funding will support general operations of this national organization whose focus is on supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

ISDH Healthy Hoosiers Foundation:  Families First:  A Collaborative Evaluation and Improvement of the Family Journey in Indiana (2-year grant totaling $102,750). Funding will support evaluation of the current process for a Hoosier family from identification to intervention, building consensus around systemic changes to better inform and support families, and ultimately, removing barriers and streamlining the family journey.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital:  Community Hearing Health Collaborative to Meet the Needs of Children with Hearing Impairment (3-year grant totaling $875,000). Funding will support creating a Community Health Worker-driven Community Hearing Health Collaborative to support families of newborns & infants with hearing loss by connecting them to medical, educational & social resources necessary to realize their child’s full potential.

LSL Services 0-3

Child’s Voice:  Early Intervention Program – Wood Dale (3-year grant totaling $450,000). Funding will support program to impact lives of children with hearing loss in northern Illinois through the Early Intervention Program in Wood Dale. This will include support for the Baby and Toddler Groups as well as a pilot providing teleservices with families unable to attend.

Hear ME Now!:  Operating Grant (2-year grant totaling $110,000). Funding will support collaborative projects and relationships between Hear ME Now and the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It will also be used to partially fund the salary of a newly hired SLP.

Other LSL Projects

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech:  Strategic Planning (1 year grant totaling $79,487).  Funding will support program to conduct a comprehensive, action-oriented strategic planning process across its five campuses using the expertise of an outside consultant to craft a strategy that capitalizes on new opportunities, builds sustainability, and aligns programs and services to maximize impact.

Spring 2017 Grant Cycle

During our Spring 2017 grant cycle, we awarded almost $834,000 in grants for 8 projects.

LSL Services 0-3

Center for Hearing and Communication: Hear with CHC (2-year grant totaling $265,000).  Funding will support delivery of LSL services through tele-intervention to families in New York.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech:  The Case for Change:  Teletherapy Evaluation and Training (1 year grant totaling $60,500).  Funding will support project to conduct data collection, evaluation and training required by the Massachusetts Dept. of Health to support a change in state policy and to secure ongoing reimbursements for tVISIT, which was recently approved as a publicly-funded pilot project.

Lexington Hearing & Speech Center: LSL Services and Tele-Intervention (1-year grant totaling $50,000).  Funding will support delivery of LSL services to increased numbers of families in Kentucky with an emphasis on tele-intervention.

Listen Foundation, Inc.:  Promoting Access to Listening and Spoken Language Therapy in Urban Communities in Colorado (1-year grant totaling $20,000).  Funding will continue support to provide families in urban communities with access to LSL tele-intervention services.

Northern Voices:  Speech and Language Enhancement Services (1-year grant totaling $30,000).  Funding will support development of a sustainable process for delivering billable speech and language services.

 Weingarten Children’s Center:  Baby Talk (1-year grant totaling $200,000).   Funding will continue support for the Baby Talk tele-intervention program.

Tucker Maxon School:  LSL Operating Support (1-year grant totaling $120,000).  Funding will support the LSL early intervention program.

University of Vermont Medical Center:  LSLS Capacity in Northern New England – Year Two (1-year grant totaling $88,400).  Funding will support the salary, benefits and employment costs of an LSLS certified professional for one year to support families and providers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont through in home visits, joint consultations, distance coaching and distance co-treating.

Fall 2016 Grant Cycle

During our Fall 2016 grant cycle, we awarded almost $2.5 million in grants for 12 projects.

LSL Services 0-3

Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc.: Operating Support (3-year grant totaling $150,000).  Funding will support LSL tele-therapy to uninsured and underinsured children in rural north, middle and south Georgia.

CCHAT Center Sacramento: ELA Speech Therapy Assistant (3-year grant totaling $108,000).  Funding will support the salary cost for a bilingual (Spanish/English) Speech Therapy Assistant.

DePaul School:  Baby, I Hear You! (1-year grant totaling $50,000).  Funding will support a planning period to survey services available in the geographic area, build relationships and develop a plan for LSL service delivery to children 0-3 in the region.

Hearts for Hearing:  All Ears (3-year grant totaling $875,000).  Funding will expand and help cover the financial gap for providing quality audiology services for infants and toddlers at risk or diagnosed with hearing loss in Oklahoma and surrounding states.

Listen Foundation:  Children’s Listening & Spoken Language Therapy Program Using Tele-Health (3-year grant totaling $90,000).   Funding will continue the program launched in 2013 to provide direct LSL services via tele-health to children and families in rural Colorado.

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf:  Expanding LSL Services (3-year grant totaling $201,720).  Funding will support salaries for additional early intervention staff to meet the growing LSL early intervention service needs in Indiana.

Utah State University:  Multi-State Tele-Intervention for Children Who Are DHH Learning Listening and Spoken Language (3-year grant totaling $279,860).  Funding will support tele-intervention services for children 0-3 years who are deaf or hard of hearing living in rural and underserved areas, specifically in the intermountain west and Saipan, learning to communicate using LSL.

Projects Related to the Family Journey

The CARE Project:  Impacting Family Engagement:  The CARE Project Family Retreat Initiative (3-year grant totaling $297,500).  Funding will support implementation of a plan for real time and virtual family retreat opportunities that can be replicated in 10 states and will provide emotional support and empowerment for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech:  LENA — Improving EI Access and Optimizing the Language Learning Environment (2- year grant totaling $162,049).  Funding will support using LENA technology as a coaching tool while collecting data pre-and-post implant to measure the impact of the pre-implant spoken language environment of infants who receive LSL early intervention.

Hands & Voices:  Operating Support (1-year grant for $25,000).  Funding will support general operations of this national organization whose focus is on supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Hear ME Now!:  Maine Community of Practice (1-year grant for $8,000).  Funding will support staff participation in a newly formed Community of Practice in Maine consisting of early intervention providers in all communication modalities that responded to an RFP from MECDHH to become contracted providers.

Listen and Talk:  Building Equity for Vulnerable Families — Access and Outcomes (3-year grant totaling $240,000).  Funding will be used to develop and implement internal policies and processes related to empowering vulnerable families of children birth-5 to confidently and effectively navigate service delivery systems and support their child’s listening, spoken language, cognitive and social-emotional development.

Spring 2016 Grant Cycle

During our Spring 2016 grant cycle, we awarded over $2.96 million in grants for 7 projects.

LSL Services 0-3

Auditory Oral School of New York: Operating support (3-year grant totaling $1,500,000).  Funding will support the LSL early intervention program.

Child’s Voice: Early Intervention Program in Chicago (3-year grant totaling $300,000).  Funding will support and expand early intervention services to children in Chicago.

Idaho State University:  Development of Group-Based Parent Training via Telehealth Technology (2-year grant totaling $162,000).  Funding will support the development of a Student - Oberkotter Foundationgroup-based parent training program that will be implemented via telehealth technology, including measuring the effectiveness of this model compared to face-to-face implementation.

The Moog Center for Deaf Education:  Early Intervention Audiology Services:  Closing the Financial Gap (3-year grant totaling $454,000).  Funding will support the financial gap in providing audiology services to children in the early intervention program.

Tucker Maxon School:  Operating Support (1-year grant totaling $120,000).  Funding will support the LSL early intervention program.

University of Vermont Medical Center:  Northern New England LSL Access (1-year grant totaling $83,000).  Funding will support the salary, benefits and employment costs of an LSL professional for one year to provide direct services and consultation via teletherapy to Part C families in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Projects Related to the Family Journey

The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC:  Co-Treating:  Increasing Access to LSL through Innovative Service Delivery (3-year grant totaling $336,000).  Funding will support increased access to quality LSL early intervention services using an innovative Co-Treat Model during diagnosis of children with hearing loss, the cochlear implant evaluation process and the first two years of audiological follow-up.

Fall 2015 Grant Cycle

During our Fall 2015 grant cycle, we awarded over $1.7 million in grants for 7 projects.

LSL Services 0-3

HEAR Wisconsin: (formerly Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness)
Expansion of and Increased Access to LSL Tele-Intervention through ConnectHEAR
 (3-year grant totaling $150,000).  Funding will support expansion of the reach of ConnectHEAR to provide critical LSL tele-intervenion to young children throughout Wisconsin, especially those living in rural areas or in counties where LSL services may be limited or unavailable.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech: Expanding Assess to LSL EI Services (3-year grant totaling $800,000).  Funding will support increased family access to quality early intervention services in the Boston, New York City and Philadelphia areas, as well as Clarke’s work with partners to improve and expand LSL early intervention services in those areas and nationally.

Hear ME Now!:  Operating Grant (2-year grant totaling $110,000).  Funding will support operating costs related to early intervention and family awareness activities.

Placer County Office of Education Infant Program: PCOE Early Intervention Listening and Spoken Language Services and Supports (3-year grant totaling $310,500).  Funding will support hiring an LSLS™ certified professional to build LSL capacity.

Projects Related to the Family Journey

BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing:  Workshops for Families (1-year grant totaling $33,200).  Funding will support day-long workshops for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing ages 0 to 3 throughout North Carolina.

Hands & Voices:  Cornerstone Project (1-year grant totaling $95,000). Funding will support the Cornerstone Project, which seeks to increase the positive outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing by providing a parent-to-parent organizational system built upon emotional support, information dissemination and modeling.

University of Southern California:  USC Caruso Family Center for Childhood Communication (2-year grant totaling $270,780). Funding will support expanding access to auditory, speech, language, and literacy intervention through service provision and through outreach to communities and schools across a wide geographic range, especially where services for children are minimal or non-existent.

Spring 2015 Grant Cycle

During our Spring 2015 grant cycle, we awarded over $7.1 million in grants for 21 projects.

LSL Services 0-3

Atlanta Speech School:  Implementation of Strategic Plan for Katherine Hamm Center (2-year grant totaling $140,000).  Funding will support personnel to help build capacity to implement the program’s strategic plan and change the business model.

CASTLE:  UNC REACH:  Increasing Access to Early Intervention through Tele-Intervention and Systems Change (1-year grant totaling $102,960). Funding will support expanding the program to respond to changes in the state related to decreased access to quality early intervention, age of cochlear implantation and effectiveness of tele-therapy.

CCHAT Center – Sacramento:  Tots Talk – Developing Listening, Speech and Language Skills in Children with Hearing Loss, 0-3 (3-year grant totaling $825,000).  Funding will support the program and the impact it is making in its community with its focus on auditory, language, speech, cognitive and pre-literacy development, along with specialized bilingual and audiology services.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech:  tVISIT:  Expansion of Listening and Spoken Language Early Intervention through Teleservice (3-year grant totaling $720,000).  Funding will support a multi-state expansion of Clarke’s telepractice program, Virtual Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers (“tVISIT”) to increase access to high-quality LSL Early Intervention Services for children ages birth to three and their families.

Hearts for Hearing:  Bring on the Babies (3-year grant totaling $900,000).  Funding will support expanding services to newly diagnosed infants with hearing loss and their families in Oklahoma and bordering states through audiological care, auditory-verbal therapy and virtual parent/infant support-group meetings.

HOPE School:  Building Bright Futures through Early Intervention (3-year grant totaling $176,244).  Funding will support integrating 0-3 LSL services into Spokane’s early intervention continuum for children who are D/HH, thereby increasing access to in-home services (including parent education) and expanding opportunities for group-based LSL education.

Listen and Talk:  Continued Growth:  Meeting Demand (3-year grant totaling $1,350,000).  Funding will support program growth while expanding the capacity of key staff to collaborate with local, regional, and national partners to drive system improvements in the early hearing detection, diagnosis and intervention framework.

Listen Foundation, Inc.:  Promoting Access to Auditory-Verbal Therapy in Urban Communities in Colorado (1-year grant totaling $20,000).  Funding will support providing families with ready access, and promoting expanded services to clinic based and telepractice therapy delivered by LSL certified Auditory-Verbal Therapists for children residing in urban areas of Colorado.

Memphis Oral School for the Deaf:  Early Intervention Expansion (3-year grant totaling $150,000).  Funding will support a collaborative effort with local and statewide agencies to expand LSL services by reaching more children in the birth-3 population, especially in the under-served Hispanic community.

Northern Voices:  LSL Expansion Project – Birth to Three (3-year grant totaling $225,000).  Funding will support personnel costs associated with serving more children 0-3 in the community.

Ohio Valley Voices:  Family Center Expansion (3-year grant totaling $500,000).  Funding will support personnel costs associated with serving more children 0-3 in the community.

The Tucker-Maxon Oral School:  Support for LSL 0-3 Services (1-year grant totaling $120,000).  Funding will support providing LSL education for children who are D/HH ages 0-3.

Vanderbilt University:  Dual LSL Learning for Children Birth to Three with Hearing Loss (3-year grant totaling $109,794).  Funding will support personnel to help build capacity to serve vulnerable populations.

Weingarten Children’s Center:  Support for LSL 0-3 Services (3-year grant totaling $820,000).  Funding will support the center-based program for deaf or hard of hearing children, ages 0-3.

Projects Related to the Family Journey

Bergen County Special Services District:  LSL SLP – STARS2 Program (2-year grant totaling $195,000).  Funding will support expanding the pilot project to include an SLP for the remaining grant period.

Child’s Voice:  Pediatric Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (PEHDI) Program (3-year grant totaling$174,486).  Funding will support the PEHDI Program, which offers critical skills to empower parents, offers families education, support and details around choices and aids in the efforts to reduce loss to follow-up.

Presbyterian Ear Institute Oral School:  Audiology Services Expansion Project (2-year grant totaling $120,000).  Funding will support expanding the comprehensive audiology services available to all New Mexicans for early identification, intervention, and habilitation of hearing loss, with the goal of increasing the served population by up to 50% by 2017.

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf:  iHear Program Expansion for Children with Deafness ages 3-5 (2-year grant totaling $103,617).  Funding will support assistance to children and their families exiting 0-3 early intervention on their educational journey by helping them continue to develop spoken language through collaborated internet therapy.

Washtenaw Intermediate School District Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program:  Play With Me:  A Parent-Infant Playgroup for Developing Listening and Spoken Language Skills (3-year grant totaling $15,000).  Funding will support monthly playgroups for children with hearing loss and their caregivers to promote LSL.

Other LSL Related Projects

Atlanta Speech School:  Georgia’s LSL Network – Planning Grant (1-year grant totaling $100,000).  Funding will support investigation of the resources needed to produce an implementation plan to build an “LSL Network” for coordinated services in Georgia from 0-3 with the goal of ensuring access to quality services and a path for grade level reading for every child who is D/HH in Georgia.

The Moog Center for Deaf Education:  Moog Center Alumni:  A Report of Life After Moog (2-year grant totaling $260,500).  Funding will support documentation of language, academic and psychosocial outcomes of over 100 Moog Center alumni with a focus on the impact of early intervention on later outcomes.

Fall 2014 Grant Cycle

During our Fall 2014 grant cycle, we awarded over $1.65 million in grants for ten projects.

Chicago Hearing Society – a division of Anixter Center:  CHOICES for Parents LSL Collaboration (3-year grant totaling $120,000).  Funding will support early literacy in the 0-3 year-old population of children with hearing loss.

Child’s Voice:  Early Intervention (3-year grant totaling $450,000).  Funding will support the early intervention program.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech:  Phase 2 of A Sound Change – Expanding Awareness and Access to LSL EI Services (2-year grant totaling $111,218).  Funding will support continuation of an outreach and awareness effort in Northeast FLorida, including building the case for equitable access to LSL programs.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech:  Phase 2 Evaluation for tVISIT (Telepractice Virtual Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers) (2-year grant totaling $42,000).  Funding will support evaluation of tVISIT, which will provide a detailed, third-party analysis of tVISIT’s impact, including support efforts for reimbursement for early intervention teleservices.

Hands & Voices:  Cornerstone Project (1-year grant totaling $95,000).  Funding will support the Cornerstone Project, which seeks to increase the positive outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing by providing a parent-to-parent organizational system built upon emotional support, information dissemination and modeling.

Hear ME Now!:  Early Intervention (1-year grant totaling $35,000).  Funding will support the early intervention program.

Listen and Talk:  Increasing Capacity – Audiology Expansion (2-year grant totaling $190,000).  Funding will support the expansion of audiology services to meet the growing demand for pediatric services for infants, toddlers and children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Moog Center for Deaf Education:  Early Intervention and Preschool Expansion (3-year grant totaling $505,645).  Funding will support expansion of the early intervention and preschool programs to accommodate growth in enrollment.

OPTION Schools, Inc.:  Listening and Spoken Language Data Repository (1-year grant totaling $82,865).  Funding will support the Listening and Spoken Language Data Repository (LSL-DR) project to advance multi-year data entry, analyze demographic and outcome data, and publish evidence-based results and best practices.

Weingarten Children’s Center:  Hispanic Parent Education Outreach (1-year grant totaling $19,800).  Funding will support “Para Las Familias” (For the Families), through which Weingarten Children’s Center will survey the field for materials designed for Spanish-speaking families, identify gaps in available parent education materials and propose new materials.