Mission, Vision, and Values

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Mission Statement

The mission of Child’s Voice is to empower children with hearing loss to be successful in all educational and social settings by optimizing their listening, speaking, and academic skills.

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Vision Statement

To be recognized as a global leader in listening and spoken language education and resources for children with hearing loss and their families.

Our History

Since 1996, Child’s Voice has provided the services necessary to give children with hearing loss the tools they need to succeed in a hearing world.

Founded by three families who wanted more for their children, Child’s Voice was created to be a school where children could learn to listen and verbally communicate.

Six children attended Child’s Voice the first year and enrollment in the 2017-2018 school year exceeded 200 families with children from just a few months to eight years old.

 

1996: Child’s Voice opens with 6 students in Elmhurst, IL on February 15th.

 

2000: Child’s Voice opens the Early Intervention Program.

 

2001: Child’s Voice offers Mainstream Support Services to our alumni.

 

2003: Child’s Voice moves to Wood Dale, IL.

 

2008: Audiology Center opens to support the School and EI Programs as well as our students with device support and audiological care.

 

2009: Child’s Voice Learning Center teacher, Jeanette Hachmeister recognized by the Golden Apple Foundation for demonstrated excellence in teaching.

 

2011: Child’s Voice celebrates 15 years of providing listening and spoken language education to children with hearing loss on February 15th!

 

2012: Child’s Voice graduated the largest class (to date) of students ready for their mainstream, neighborhood schools with 18 graduates on Friday, May 25th!

 

2012: The Early Intervention Program expands services with the Toddler Program into Chicago/Roscoe Village at 1846 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago.

 

2013: The Audiology Center expands with the addition of the Pediatric Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (PEHDI) ® Program at the Wood Dale site.

 

2015: Child’s Voice provided service and support for over 200 children with hearing loss.

 

2016:  Child’s Voice spent the year commemorating their 20th Anniversary with a #SmileyCV social media campaign.  Hundreds of photos with the new mascot were shared around the world.

 

2017:  Child’s Voice hosts it’s most successful fundraising events to date, the Golf Tournament and Autumn Gala!

 

2018:  Child’s Voice Audiology Program celebrates 10th Anniversary and completes 3 Cochlear Implant activations!

 

2021: Child’s Voice celebrates 25 Years with a virtual birthday party.

 

2022: Child’s Voice says goodbye to retiring Executive Director Michele Wilkins and welcomes new Executive Director Wendy Deters.

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Our Values

Values Statement

Advocacy: Support and teach our students and parents self-advocacy
Collaboration: Across disciplines and across the globe
Expertise: Deaf educators, speech pathologists, and audiologists committed to being the best in their fields
Community: An environment of empathy, care, love, shared goals
Commitment: To children with hearing loss and their success
Passion: Started by families for families; impassioned teachers and staff

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