Human Services

HEAR INDIANA

aka Hear Indiana

Indianapolis, IN

Mission

Hear Indiana creates equal opportunities for children with hearing loss through listening and spoken language.

Ruling Year

1979

CEO

Naomi Horton

Main Address

4740 Kingsway Drive Suite 33

Indianapolis, IN 46205 USA

Formerly Known As

The Indiana Association for Hearing Impaired Children

Hear Indiana— The Association for Children with Hearing Impairment

Keywords

hearing loss, deaf, hard of hearing, hearing impaired, hearing aids, cochlear implants, advocacy

EIN

31-0921774

 Number

6834365237

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Ear/Throat (G42)

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What we aim to solve

To many deaf and hard of hearing children still lag behind their hearing peers. With today's technology (and appropriate therapy) most deaf children can achieve age-appropriate speech, language, and literacy levels. Hear Indiana is a one-stop shop providing all the supports families of children with hearing loss desperately need to put their children on the path to success!

Our programs

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Speech and Hearing Resource Center

Listening & Spoken Language Camp

Listening & Spoken Language Conference

Parent Education and Advocacy

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

With the help of advanced hearing technologies (i.e. digital hearing aids & cochlear implants), even profoundly deaf children can listen and speak. With appropriate intervention, these children can do everything else that a child, who was born hearing, will do.

Many people simply aren't aware of what is possible for today's deaf child with the appropriate technology and intervention, and we've made it our mission to ask people to reconsider the standards we hold for these children. We know children with hearing loss have the potential to do and be anything they choose.

Today's deaf child can play musical instruments, speak the words “I love you", sing songs with their classmates, succeed in mainstream schools, and more. They have dreams of becoming astronauts, teachers, engineers, doctors, and musicians – just like all other children. Imagine what is possible for these children if each of them had access to the technology and services that can help them achieve their dreams!

Hear Indiana works to ensure that children with hearing loss can do and be anything they choose. To meet this goal, we will help to provide:
• Intervention at the earliest possible moment
• Therapy to improve listening and speaking skills
• Up-to-date, high-quality technology
• Appropriate school setting and services
• Social and emotional support for children and parents
• Ongoing professional and personal development for teachers, providers and parents

Our annual operating budget has grown by leaps and bounds each of the last few years. We have also increased our programs and expanded the services we have always offered. With the help of dedicated staff and a passionate board, we can move mountains!

1. Hear Indiana seeks to ensure that individuals who experience hearing loss have the opportunity to communicate, learn, and thrive independently through the use of spoken language.

2. Hear Indiana will be recognized as the leading state source for information, education, advocacy, and research on spoken language options for the deaf and hard of hearing.

3. Hear Indiana will take a leadership role in collaborating with other agencies to ensure appropriate services for the deaf and hard of hearing who use spoken language.

In 2014, in partnership with Easter Seals Crossroads, Hear Indiana opened the Speech and Hearing Resource Center (SHRC), which offers:
• state of the art pediatric audiology & speech pathology services
• parent encouragement & care coordination
• consultative services to local education agencies

Each year, ~250 families are seen for services at the SHRC. Hear Indiana continues to ensure that all children have access to assistive technology, regardless of income. We also continue to host an annual Listening & Spoken Language Conference.

Our Listening & Spoken Language Camp gives children and teenagers with hearing loss the opportunity to make new friends with shared life experiences. Each summer we host ~65 campers at Listening & Spoken Language Camp, many of whom attend on full scholarships.

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HEAR INDIANA

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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