(Oxnard, Ca) Whether it’s $5, $50, or $500, bring out your pocket books for No Limits for Deaf Children. They need your help to obtain donations in an effort to win the Thousand Oaks competition “Charity Karaoke” taking place on Saturday, September 21 at 5pm at Borderline Bar & Grill. Donations can be made online between now and the event date.
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No Limits teaches underserved deaf children and their families the skills to succeed in school and in life through its after-school educational centers and distinguished theater arts program, promoting advocacy and awareness worldwide
No Limits for Deaf Children is a national organization with a location in Oxnard to serve low income deaf and hard of hearing children in Ventura County for free. This non-for-profit helps children with hearing loss who often need more speech language therapy, auditory therapy, sign language, tutoring, and parent education.
“This organization is a godsend to my family,” stated Michelle Lee. “It’s 15 minutes away from my house, it’s free and my daughter just can’t wait for it to start.”
Lee shared that many deaf or hard of hearing children go undiagnosed and therefore get very far behind in their ability to read. “We didn’t know our son had an issue for some time. I had just given birth to our other child and my mom called me and said she thought there was a problem. It made sense after I thought about it.”
Lee talked about the challenges that the deaf and hard of hearing have with vocabulary. “Because they don’t hear, they don’t get the large vocabulary by hearing that most kids learn. They look for pointing and realize you mean ‘table’, instead of learning the word ‘table.’ ”
Lee stated that before she knew about the Oxnard location, she was told about a Los Angeles location. “That would have been really had to make work. We go 2 times a week and then get another hour of reading. That would have limited this for a lot of people here in Ventura County.
According to the National Institute of Health:
- About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.
- More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
According to the American Speech Hearing Association:
- Children who are hard of hearing will find it much more difficult than children who have normal hearing to learn vocabulary, grammar, word order, idiomatic expressions, and other aspects of verbal communication
- The number of children with disabilities, ages 6–21, served in the public schools under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B in the 2000-01 school year was 5,775,722 (in the 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico). Of these children, 70,767 (1.2%) received services for hearing. However, the number of children with hearing loss and deafness is undoubtedly higher, since many of these students may have other disabilities as well (6). Data by disability are not reported by the Department of Education for ages birth to 5 years.
- Several studies indicate variance in the prevalence of newborns with congenital hearing loss in the United States. The overall estimates are between 1 to 6 per 1,000 newborns (7, 8). Most children with congenital hearing loss have hearing impairment at birth and are potentially identifiable by newborn and infant hearing screening. However, some congenital hearing loss may not become evident until later in childhood (9).
- According to Blanchfield, et. al., as many as 738,000 individuals in the U.S. have severe to profound hearing loss. Of these, almost 8% are under the age of 18 (10).
- Among African-American, Cuban-American, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and non-Hispanic White children, it is estimated that approximately 391,000 school-aged children in the U.S. have unilateral hearing loss (11).
- According to Niskar and colleagues, approximately 14.9% of U.S. children have low-frequency or high-frequency hearing loss of at least 16-dB hearing level in one or both ears (12).
- Profound, early-onset deafness is present in 4–11 per 10,000 children, and is attributable to genetic causes in at least 50% of cases (13).
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