Make a difference in the lives of CHC families
Samantha Cohen, a CHC alum, shares her personal journey with hearing loss and describes how CHC goes the extra mile to help children with hearing loss navigate life’s ups and downs.
Dear CHC Friend,
After I was diagnosed with profound hearing loss and implanted with my cochlear implant, the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) became my second home.
From the time I was a baby, I visited CHC to “play games” and work on my speech and listening skills. It was hard work, but it was worth it! Group therapy at CHC was also important to me because it gave me the chance to make connections with other kids who had a hearing loss. Having been in mainstream schools my whole life, I loved going to CHC where I hung out with friends who faced similar day-to-day challenges.
When I stopped coming to CHC, I realized it wasn’t always easy being the only deaf kid in my class. I was lucky – my twin brother also has a hearing loss so we could compare notes. But I had questions about my future – friends, dating, sports, college. How I wished I had someone to look up to during that emotionally awkward and challenging time – someone with a hearing loss who had already been through it all . . . and survived!
Fast forward to 2018 and CHC introduces the mentoring program I longed for during my adolescence, one that brings together kids from the ages of 8 to 13 and pairs them with CHC alums like me for recreational activities. More importantly, the CHC mentor program provides a nurturing environment and the opportunity to socialize with others and talk openly, without fear of judgment, about all the things I wished I had been able to discuss with a role model when I was that age. I’m thrilled that I can be there for CHC’s young kids who may need a little help navigating life’s ups and downs.
The mentor program is one of the many ways CHC goes above and beyond. Comprehensive services like hearing testing, speech and language therapy, educational guidance and supportive counseling (which I know is particularly helpful for parents when they find out their baby is deaf) helped me become who I am today – a college graduate living in New York with a great job and lots of close friends.
CHC’s programs, including the mentor program, are possible only because of the generous support of individuals like you. In fact, 50% of CHC’s revenue comes from fundraising.
Please make a donation today and help me and the other mentors pay it forward. You’ll be making a difference in the lives of the next generation of CHC graduates.
The Center for Hearing and Communication is an accredited non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.