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Published in The Villager, January 31st 2018

Pollack chosen as historical inductee into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

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Groundbreaking work teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen and talk

The Listen Foundation is pleased to announce that Doreen Pollack will be one of 10 inductees comprising the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018. This next group of extraordinary contemporary and historical women with significant ties to Colorado, have made enduring and exemplary contributions to their fields, inspired and elevated the status of women, and helped open new frontiers for women and society. 

“Extraordinary is the operative word,” says Beth Barela, chair of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. “These women are unsung heroes who have endured with superlative strength, beauty and love. They deserve to have their stories told and to be honored as shining examples of the potential of all women.”

The induction ceremony will take place on March 28 at the Denver Hilton City Center and Anne Trujillo will be the evening’s emcee. As Pollack is a historical inductee, her children, Doug Pollack and Naomi Cohen will accept the award on her behalf. 

Tickets for this event may be purchased at cogreatwomen.org/events/purchase-tickets. For table sponsorship opportunities, contact CWHF board member Korri Stainbrook at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The impact of Pollack’s method for teaching children who are deaf to listen and talk has literally been “heard” around the world. She was a true pioneer in the field of speech pathology and audiology at a time when the medical community did not believe anything could be done for the profoundly deaf child. Her intellect, dedication and tenacity changed the way we look at, address and treat children with hearing loss both in Colorado and internationally. Pollack immigrated to the United States in 1948 after graduating from London University, moved to Denver in 1951, and lived in Colorado for the remainder of her life teaching children who were deaf and hard of hearing spoken language through listening.

In 1969, a group of parents of children that benefitted by Pollack’s method formed the non-profit the Listen Foundation in Denver, which continues to support families, and children who use her methods today. The Listen Foundation was the first organization in the world to advocate Listening and Spoken Language therapy, and remains Colorado’s only parent-centered, auditory-based communication approach for teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing spoken language through listening.

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Pat Greenway and Naomi Cohen of the Listen Foundation present a plaque to the Cherry Creek Has Heart Committee at the Merrill Lynch office in Cherry Creek. The committee is made up of independent financial advisors who have donated $15,000 to sponsor three children for a year. Listen Foundation greatly appreciates this generous and thoughtful contribution.

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Listening and Spoken Language Practice

1. Working toward the earliest possible identification of hearing loss in infants and young children, ideally in the newborn nursery.  Conducting an aggressive program of audiologic management.

2. Seeking the best available sources of medical treatment and technological amplification of sound for the child who is deaf or hard of hearing as early as possible.

3. Helping the child understand the meaning of any sounds heard, including spoken language, and teaching the child's parents how to make sound meaningful to the child all day long.

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