Children who cannot hear or have partial hearing loss find school extremely difficult and it is nearly impossible for them to be successful. This project, in cooperation with Educational Service District Audiology Programs, provides hearing care to children who show signs of poor hearing and have no resources for hearing care. Children whose families are on free or reduced-price lunch programs complete a simple application to apply for KEX Kids Fund support.
Children who have difficulty hearing find school extremely difficult and it is nearly impossible for them to be successful. Lack of success in school impacts the child's self esteem and can lead to early withdrawal from school and antisocial behavior resulting in life long problems. Experts tell us experiencing success early in school is critical to succeedingin life!
It seems pretty simple. A child who can't hear can't succeed. With the help of hearing aids teachers (and parents) report dramatic improvement in the child's school success and development of a positive attitude toward school. This increases the child's self esteem and makes it possible for the child to set goals previously beyond their reach - in school and later in life.
We think helping these kids succeed early in life might actually prevent much larger problems later on. Glasses and hearing aids might be all it takes. Like we said, it seems pretty simple.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).