No Limits Theater Group, Inc.

dream speak achieve inspire

aka No Limits for deaf children   |   Culver City, CA   |  www.nolimitsfordeafchildren.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1996

Founder, Executive Director

Dr. Michelle Christie

Main address

9801 Washington Blvd., 2nd Floor

Culver City, CA 90232 USA

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EIN

95-4603048

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Theater (A65)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

No Limits is committed to addressing the social and educational inequities for children with disabilities, primarily children with hearing loss. The educational system often overlooks the potential of deaf children and No Limits seeks to fill in the void by providing comprehensive and intensive programming to give each deaf child an equal and equitable playing field.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

No Limits Educational Centers

No Limits is the only program in the nation that provides speech and literacy services for school-age deaf and hard of hearing students throughout their educational careers, beginning at the early age of three. The after-school No Limits program helps children with a hearing loss gain the skills needed to catch up to their hearing peers and function successfully in the hearing world. The program is built on the motto, "I can do it!” a phrase that becomes part of every child and family’s values and guiding beliefs.

No Limits Educational Center provides a broad range of educational services including:
• Individual auditory, speech and language therapy
• Literacy classes
• Arts, theater, and music education
• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
• Leadership and Mentoring Academy for teens
• Parent education and family support
• Educational advocacy
• Audiological services

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments
Children and youth

No Limits Theater Group is the only professional theatre program in the country serving deaf children who speak. The mission of No Limits is to provide underserved deaf children the opportunity to appreciate and benefit from the theatrical arts, develop their public speaking skills, creativity, and enhance their self-esteem. No Limits also brings awareness to the talents and needs of deaf children to the local community as well as national audiences.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2009

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, People with hearing impairments, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes deaf children and family members

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The primary objective of the No Limits program is to help children with a hearing loss function at an age-appropriate level so they can mainstream with their hearing peers and graduate from college. Specific objectives include the following:

1. Students with hearing loss will increase their language levels by two years after attending No Limits for one year, as measured by annual standardized receptive and expressive language assessments.

2. Students with hearing loss will improve auditory skills by 95% and will increase vocabulary by learning a minimum of 20 new words per week as measured by annual standardized assessments.

3. Students with hearing loss will improve confidence, as measured by their ability to initiate spontaneous conversation with adults and peers, to participate actively in peer discussions, and to present a graduation speech in front of hundreds of people.

4. Students with hearing loss will show a depth of understanding of concepts pertaining to music and theater arts as measured by pre and post-tests.

5. Parents will gain self-advocacy skills and will be able to understand and explain the IEP process, as measured by pre and post tests.

No Limits provides a unique program of five core areas:

1) Performing Arts: No Limits is proud of its National Theater Program, which provides a language-enriched performing arts environment where children build confidence and public speaking skills. Music, art, and dance are incorporated into the Theater Program as well as the after-school Educational Centers.

2) Speech/Language/Listening Therapy: Due to the high cost of private speech therapy, even average income families cannot afford to pay for the training their children desperately need. No Limits believes every child deserves to receive these services regardless of economic background and addresses this issue by providing 4 hours of speech/listening/language therapy each week at no cost to the families. No Limits has over 20 paid certified teachers of the deaf who work with students to help them catch up to their hearing peers.

3) Parent Education: No Limits believes that commitment from parents is key to the success of our children. Parents are required to attend weekly parent classes taught by guest presenters covering topics including advocacy, IEPs, technology and other resources.

4) Direct Instruction-Literacy: No Limits students meet twice a week with literacy experts who work to improve their overall reading, writing, comprehension, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, phonics and fluency. Literacy teachers work closely with speech and language therapists to maximize results. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are also strengthened with a strong focus on STEM.

5) Audiological Management: No Limits provides a loaner hearing aid program so its students will no longer go a day without hearing. Early on, No Limits realized that replacement hearing aids can take up to 6-8 months with state sponsored CCS insurance, which translates into 6-8 months without hearing for a child. Thanks to donated hearing aids from the Starkey Foundation, No Limits is able to provide loaner hearing aids at no cost.

In 1996, No Limits was founded as a theater program to help children improve communication skills, expand vocabulary and grammar, cultivate creativity, and develop public speaking skills. In 2002, the No Limits program was extended beyond the theatrical arts to provide individual auditory, speech, and language training year-round. No Limits has opened additional centers in Las Vegas, Nevada and Oxnard, California pioneering the expansion of its services to reach more communities in order to help deaf children learn the essential skills needed to graduate from college and become successful, productive members of society. Thanks to the generous support of our partners, No Limits will continue to build on its strong foundation and provide low-income students with hearing loss with the tools that they need to succeed in school and in life.

To date, No Limits has produced over 125 theatrical productions across the country, reaching a half million people nationwide. No Limits had the distinct honor of making history as the first time deaf children who speak performed at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and recently made history with its hit production Silent NO MORE at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City.

In 2002, No Limits expanded to provide auditory, speech and language training year-round to impoverished deaf children in the Los Angeles area. The after-school center also offers bi-weekly literacy classes, weekly parent education and advocacy training, academic tutoring, STEM, arts enrichment, and a Leadership and Mentoring Academy for teens. No Limits has opened additional centers in Las Vegas, Nevada and Oxnard, California pioneering the expansion of its services to reach more communities in order to help deaf children learn the essential skills needed to graduate from college and become successful, productive members of society.

As No Limits looks towards the future, No Limits is excited to continue its grassroots effort to change public policy by educating people across the world about the struggles and triumphs of people with hearing loss who have been raised using spoken language rather than sign language through a national production and book entitled Silent NO MORE. The show has been performed across the countries with different cast members sharing their inspiring stories to sold-out audiences, including performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. Because of the desire to bridge the gap between the Deaf community and oral community, all productions have been followed by a Q&A session between the audience comprised of Deaf and oral individuals and the cast. These discussions have sparked a positive conversation about the needs of both communities and how to join efforts. This powerful production is revolutionizing the landscape of the field, helping individuals with hearing loss find their voice and a future with no limits.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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No Limits Theater Group, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/31/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Terri Decker

Kathy Buckley

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Adi Greenberg

Philanthropist

Ron Schur

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Terri Decker

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Maricarmen Hassanzadeh

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Gibbie Flowers

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Robert Narchi

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Kristen Risbrudt

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Gianna Vitallo

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Laura Rosenbaum

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DJ Demers

Entertainer and Advocate

Rebecca Alexander

Psychotherapist, Author, Disability Rights Advocate

Maryann Gold

Philanthropist

David Grey

Special Education Attorney

Rita Henderson

Nestle (retired)

Amanda Reynolds

Educator

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/31/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/31/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.