TIME TO CELEBRATE, REFLECT, AND CONNECT: 2020 AND OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
Forty years ago, early intervention services for infants and toddlers were NOT a part of the legislation that governed special education services. Generally, people were not yet considering the importance of a child’s experiences in the first five years of life, and how they directly affected brain development as well as the long-term impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed.
Thank goodness for visionaries! When Jill Ellis co-founded CEID in 1980, she recognized critical gaps in our educational system in serving young children who were Deaf or Hard of Hearing. She saw an opening for thoughtful, informed teaching that also provided substantial support for the entire family, highlighting the critical importance of early language development.
Thus CEID began as a federally funded demonstration program for infants and toddlers who were Deaf or Hard of Hearing. By taking advantage of emerging hearing aid technology while working with very young children early, Jill knew that teaching children (and importantly, their families) numerous ways to communicate would transform lives. Jill and her colleagues found that misunderstood behavioral and learning issues that limited child development outcomes could be nearly eliminated with knowledgeable, specialized support from teachers and families.
Decades later, CEID remains the only licensed facility in the Bay Area offering multidisciplinary home and center based education, audiology and support services to individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. CEID and our growing group of staff and supporters have evolved our programs and services to meet the needs of our community. In recent years we’ve grown our services to offer hearing testing and hearing aid dispensing to children and, due to unmet needs in the community, then expanding to serve people of all ages with suspected hearing loss. We are proud to be one of the few providers offering specialized high quality hearing health care services to children and adults. Moreover, we are proud to provide all of our services at the highest of quality to people of all income levels.
As we turn 40 this year, we celebrate and recognize what we have achieved and remain focused on advancing knowledge, programs and services that help individuals, families and our community thrive. This year we will be sharing more “CEID stories”—we hope you’ll share your story with us, too!
Looking forward to the next 40 years of CEID, we know our adaptability, flexibility, scrappiness, creativity and persistence will continue to serve us well as we navigate the pressures of operating a non-profit organization in the Bay Area. With increased competition for precious funding sources, we struggle to keep pace with increased operations costs on top of the skyrocketing costs of living that directly impact families, patients and our staff.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to ensure that the phenomenal services of CEID continue to positively impact our community for years to come.