Hearing Care for Needy Children

by KEX Kids Fund
Hearing Care for Needy Children
Hearing Care for Needy Children
Hearing Care for Needy Children
Hearing Care for Needy Children
Hearing Care for Needy Children
Hearing Care for Needy Children
Hearing Care for Needy Children
Hearing Care for Needy Children

From January 1, 2021 to July 1, 2021, the KEX Kids Fund helped 23 children with comprehensive hearing exams in 8 counties. We partnered with 13 audiology providers.

Because of covid and schools not completely reopened, there had been a decline of requests. During the past few months, we started to see more requests for help with hearing care. The number of requests will increase in the fall as schools return to in person instruction and school nurses are able to refer more students.

School nurses work closely with the KEX Kids Fund and the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) to ensure that children who are referred for vision & hearing care receive resources.

School nurses are grateful for the resources provided by the KEX Kids Fund. This program helps children hear and learn to their potential. 

Here is a short video clip of KEX Kids Fund Director Paul Linnman on Afternoon Live (KATU) describing how the partnership with OLSHF benefits young lives.

https://youtu.be/YIjzy92ifKI 

Thank you for your support!

 

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For children who need access to hearing care, the KEX Kids Fund (KKF) is a welcome relief.

We provide support for hearing/audiology exams for those who are eligible. We also operate a KKF-funded loaner hearing aid program for children. This loaner program offers crucial equipment - hearing aids and the Roger/FM devices (microphones and receivers) - for use by families in their homes. Access to hearing exams and equipment help children learn to their potential and thrive at home by providing resources that may be out of reach for some families, especially now as the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt by working families.

Applications for hearing support (5) were low from September to December 2020. KKF partners with 13 audiology providers statewide. With most students not in school yet - but learning from home - it is more of a challenge to identify hearing issues and get them the help they need. School nurses have told us now that more schools are returning to in person instruction KKF can expect more applications. We anticipate an increase in applications for the rest of the school year.

Thank you for your support of our hearing program that gives children the medical care they need to thrive!

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Since 1987, the sole purpose of the KEX Kids Fund Program is to provide vision and hearing care including examinations, eyeglasses and hearing aids to children whose families cannot otherwise afford these necessary items that increase learning and communication.

The KEX Kids Fund works with a network of care providers who offer their services at reduced cost. We address the roots of these problems, providing solutions. 

Thank you for your support of the hearing project for children in need. From January to September 2020, 15 hearing applications were received from 10 counties. We partnered with 13 audiology groups statewide to ensure that children receive the help they need to hear and thrive. 

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Since 1987, the sole purpose of the KEX Kids Fund Program is to provide vision and hearing care including examinations, eyeglasses and hearing aids to children whose families cannot otherwise afford these necessary items that increase learning and communication. 

The KEX Kids Fund works with a network of care providers who offer their services at reduced cost.  We address the roots of these problems, providing solutions.  This is a mission that has served well over 27,000 children in our community, and closely aligns with your trust’s mission of supporting projects and activities to enhance the health, education and welfare of Oregon children. This assistance will increase early scholastic learning (80% visual) and communication and contribute to educational success.

The KEX Kids Fund provides service completely equitably with no regard for the student’s ethnicity, race, demographic, etc. During the 2019-2020 fiscal and school year, the KEX Kids Fund benefited a broad and diverse swath of ethnicities and demographics (as self-reported by recipients) and the majority of service vouchers were provided to non-white students.

The 2019-2020 school year has challenged everyone in the same way this year has challenged communities all over America and the world in coping with the novel coronavirus, Covid-19. The school year, and the KEX Kids Fund access to students in need of vision and hearing assistance was cut short in March, 2020, by the pandemic and steps to lessen its impact. None the less, the KEX Kids Fund continues to provide first quality vision and hearing exams for children in the Portland Metro (as well as all over Oregon) as well as furnishing brand new eyeglasses and hearing aids for those children in need. 

During the same period, (July, 2019 – June, 2020), the KEX Kids Fund provided hearing exams and assistance as follows:

 July, ’19: - 2                       Jan.  ’20: - 3        

Aug. ’19: - 1                        Feb. ’20: - 1

Sept ’19: - 5                        Mar. ’20: - 4

Oct. ’19: - 6                         April ’20: - 3

Nov. ’19: - 4                        May ’20: - 0

Dec. ’19: - 2                         June ’20: - 1

Total Applications 2019-2020 = 32

 During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the KEX Kids Fund partnered with the following 13 hearing services provider:

 

Vancouver ESD                      Washington School for the Deaf            Columbia Regional Program

Willamette ESD                      NW Regional ESD                                  Linn-Benton-Lincoln ESD

CDRC                                     OHSU                                                      Renata Anderson, Pendleton

Providence St. Vincent           Peace Health Hospital, Eugene              Oregon Medical Group, Eugene

Multnomah ESD

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The KEX Kids FUnd wishes to express its sincere thanks to our donors, supporters and our providers throughout the KEX Kids Fund service area. As Helen Keller told us, not having her vision broke connection with things" while not having her hearing isolated her from "people".

During the first quarter of 2020, January - March, the KEX Kids Fund received a toal of 8 applications as follows:  January - 3    February - 1    March - 4

Application by County was a s follows:

Multnomah - 1    Benton - 1    Clackamas - 1    Lane - 1   Linn - 1    Morrow - 1    Polk - 1    Yamhill - 1

Our thanks also goes out to the speech language pathology therapists throughout the schools of Oregon and SW Washington who help find the need that drives finding the solution for these children.          

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KEX Kids Fund

Location: Tigard, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Vicki Linnman
Executive Director
Portland, Oregon United States
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