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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.

Listen Foundation hosts a number of annual events to promote community, education, and support for families choosing listening and spoken language for children who are deaf and hard of hearing in the greater Denver area. Here are this year's events.

WINTER

Rock Climbing Event for Teens
Ages 12 and up

Saturday, February 25th
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Earth Treks Golden

700 Golden Ridge Rd
Golden, CO 80401

SPRING

Family Fun and Games at Boondocks
All families are welcome!

Join us for lunch and to enjoy a variety of activities. meet other families who have children with hearing loss.

Saturday, May 5th
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Pizza! (attendence required to receive passes for activities)
12:00 - 3:00 pm Play! Laser tag, bowling, mini golf, bumper boats, go karts, and game play

Boondocks Northglenn
11425 Community Center Dr
Northglenn, CO  80233

SUMMER

Colorado Walk4Hearing
Join Colorado AG Bell's team of families and professionals to raise money for and awareness of hearing loss at the Hearing loss Association of America's Walk4Hearing. Join as a walker or as a volunteer.

Date and time: TBA
Location: TBA

Visit www.hearingloss.org/content/walk4hearing or www.coloradoagbell.org for more information

CNI Cochlear Kids Camps
Children 3 to 18 years old and their families

Childred who use cochlear implants and their families gather from across the country to share and celebrate their successes and have days of fun in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Camp 1: June 21st - 24th, 2018
Camp 2: July 26th - 29th, 2018

YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO

Visit thecni.org/cochlear-kids-camp for more information

FALL

Family BBQ & Games
All families are welcome

Join us for a picnic in the park with games for the whole family. Meet other families with kids who have hearing loss.

Saturday, September 15th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Bear Creek Greenbelt Picnic Shelter
2800 S Estes St
Lakewood, CO  80227

Bowling Teen Event
12 years old and up

Saturday, November 3rd
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Bowlero Lone Tree
9255 Kimmer Dr
Lone Tree, CO  80124

ALL YEAR

Listen, Learn, & Chat
Professionals working with children and their families

Join our fun, casual, collaborative workshops designed to increase skills around maximizing listening and spoken language for professionals working with children and families. Topics vary each month and they follow the interests and needs of the group.

CEU credits and Zoom attendance available.

Host: Nanette Thompson, CCC-SLP, LSLS Certified AVT

Last Monday of every month
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Listen Foundation, Suite 203
6950 E Belleview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO  80111

Contact Nanette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for monthly topic and to RSVP

To RSVP or for more details on any of these events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 303-781-9440

Listen Foundation

 is a non-profit dedicated to improving oral outcomes for children in Colorado. We offer several programs that together help us pursue that goal:

 

Parent/Child Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Therapy Program 

The key to success for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, and has been fitted with appropriate technological aids, such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, is for the child and parent(s) to work regularly with a certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (AVT).  AVTs not only work with the child to teach sound awareness and speech production, but also empower parents with strategies they can use at home in everyday situations to reinforce the learning of these skills.

Listen has a referral network of 7 AVTs up and down the Front Range and in the Vail Valley, and remains the only program in Colorado dedicated to the auditory-verbal therapy approach. Listen provides funding for families who might otherwise not be able to afford this critical therapy for teaching their child how to become an auditory learner and connect with the hearing world. 

 

Listening and Spoken Language Therapy through Tele-Intervention

Throughout most of our history, if you wanted your child to learn to listen and talk, you had to move to Denver. But in the past few years, we have expanded our programming to rural Colorado through our tele-health videoconferencing. The overall goal is for children throughout the state to have the same opportunities for social and academic success as children living along the Front Range. This program is funded by a grant through the Oberkotter Foundation in Philadelphia.

 

Parent-Tot Listening Groups

These groups are for any family with children ages birth to three that have a hearing loss. This program offers a fun, playful way to learn strategies on how to introduce sound and speech to the very young child. These groups also provide a venue for families to connect, share and learn from one another’s experiences.

 

Summer Program

To assist school aged children who do not receive any services outside of school by providing therapy during the summer months so that these children do not lose ground in speech, language and reading skills during this three month period.

 

Parent Education Program 

Listen regularly schedules Parent Education Workshops on a subject of interest to parents and professionals working with children with hearing impairments.  The workshops have a wide range of topics… from should my child get a 2nd implant….. to parenting with love and logic…. to the importance of music training. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents. As parents gain knowledge, they gain confidence which results in better outcomes for their child.

 

Outreach Program

 Listen is proud to partner with the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP), part of the Outreach Department at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, to fund one of our therapists as the Oral Communication Consultant (OCC) to the program.  CHIP is an in-home, family-centered, statewide early intervention program with 75 service providers around the state who support families with children birth to age three who are deaf and hard of hearing.  This unique partnership offers families the opportunity to receive additional support and consultation specific to encouraging their child in the development of listening and spoken language skills.  This service also offers the opportunity for professional learning, training, teaming, and mentoring through this collaborative partnership. 

 

 

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Come join the Listen Foundation the second Saturday of each month for our

 Listening Play Groups

from 10:00 to 11:30

Ages birth through preschool

Listen Foundation Offices
6950 E Belleview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO  80111

 Grow your child's listening & spoken language skills while reading singing & playing together.

 

2018 Schedule

 

January 13th

February 10th

March 10th

April 14th

May 12th

June 9th

July 14th

August 11th

September 8th

October 13th

November 10th

December 8th - Holiday Party!

 

Contact Erika at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for topic/activity, and to RSVP

 

Are you a parent or relative of a child who is deaf or hearing impaired?  Do you want to contact other parents who have hearing impaired children or grandchildren?

 

We have four ladies who would love to share their experiences with you!  Please do not hesitate to contact them, they would love to hear - and listen - from you!   

 

Ellen Winkler          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jennifer Richter   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Liz Deichsel (grandmother)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Olga Erlich  (grandmother)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Listen Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to finding and supporting Colorado families who wish their child or children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk.  We offer 3 programs that together help us pursue that goal:

 

Parent/Child Program 

The key to success for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, and has been fitted with appropriate technological aids, such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, is for the child and parent(s) to work regularly with a certified Auditory Verbal Therapist (AVT).  AVTs not only work with the child to teach sound awareness and speech production, but also empower parents with strategies they can use at home in everyday situations to reinforce the learning of these skills.

Listen has a referal network of 6 AVTs up and down the front range, and provides funding for families who might otherwise not be anbe to afford this critical therapy. 

 

Parent Education Program 

Listen regularly schedules Parent Education Seminars on a subject of interest to parents of children who are hearing impaired.

 

Outreach Program

Listen is proud to partner with the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP), part of the Outreach Department at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, to fund one of our therapists as the Oral Communication Consultant (OCC) to the program.  CHIP is an in-home, family-centered, statewide early intervention program with 75 service providers around the state who support families with children birth to age three who are deaf and hard of hearing.  This unique partnership offers families the opportunity to receive additional support and consultation specific to encouraging their child in the development of listening and spoken language skills.  This service also offers the opportunity for professional learning, training, teaming, and mentoring through this collaborative partnership. 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are not training the ears, we are training the mind to interpret what the ears hear.”

Doreen Pollack, 1970

Background

Doreen Pollack earned a Diplomate of Speech from the University of London, England in 1940. She then received a Licentiate, Speech Therapy from the College of Speech Therapists in England in 1944. She survived the devastation of World War II while living in England and then immigrated to the United States with her husband to restart their lives in a new country after losing so many family and friends to the war. 

From 1948 to 1950 she was a speech pathologist, audiologist, and instructor at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, New York. 

Doreen moved to Denver in 1951 after immigrating to the United States in 1948. She lived in Colorado for the remainder of her life. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Denver in 1961.   

From 1952 to 1959 she worked as a clinical supervisor at the University of Denver, before becoming a PaedoAudiologist (children’s audiologist) at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver from 1959 to 1964. In 1965 Doreen became the Director of Speech and Hearing Services at Porter Memorial Hospital in Englewood, Colorado.

From 1965 to 1981, as the Director of the clinic of Speech and Hearing Services at Porter Hospital, she established the Acoupedic Program for teaching listening and spoken language to children who were deaf and hearing impaired. This was later named Auditory-Verbal Therapy and today it is referred to as Listening and Spoken Language Therapy, but the principles of this therapy remain the same. Doreen’s practice became world renowned and both families of children with hearing loss and professionals traveled to Denver to learn under her tutorage.

Acoupedics or ‘Listening Children’

In the 1940’s Doreen developed the radical idea that even children who were profoundly deaf had enough residual hearing to be fitted with powerful hearing aids that could amplify the sounds of everyday life so that those sounds could be heard.

Perhaps the most critical part of this approach was teaching the active involvement of the family in both the therapy session and at home. Doreen was devoted to the idea that learning to listen was the pathway to speech.

Doreen perfected the one-to-one therapy method that focused on helping these children identify and learn the meaning of the sounds they could hear with their hearing aids.

Doreen Pollack was a pioneer. She was way ahead of her time in the knowledge and belief that children with profound hearing loss (a hearing loss that without amplification, they would not hear a passenger jet flying low overhead) could hear with powerful hearing aids and be taught to listen and develop verbal language and learn to read on par with their chronological age. She also knew and vigorously advocated that it was vitally important to identify children with hearing loss as soon as possible and then fit them with hearing aids. Doreen believed that these children would use written language, communicate with the larger community, play musical instruments, and learn other verbal languages with the same outcomes as any child born with normal hearing.

In Doreen’s clinic the children learned to listen and talk with the use of hearing aids and training to maximize their residual hearing so they could develop speech in a natural way….by listening.

Doreen used creative and fun approaches that were age appropriate for teaching children; for example, using toys and books rather than flash cards, and focusing on typical child developmental stages to guide treatment plans even if a child was delayed.

She also used alternative strategies when a child was multiply involved (more than one disability) and needed additional sensory cues to learn.

Doreen worked tirelessly each and every day to be sure every family received the necessary services and support. She did not place limits on people.

Doreen listened to parents and encouraged and taught them to teach their children.  She focused on the positive aspects of a child or family rather than the deficits. She always looked at what a child or family could do rather than what they could not do.

Doreen taught children to believe in themselves and not let their disability define them. She was an example for the young girls in the program showing that they could achieve anything they desired. Doreen consistently encouraged children to reach their full potential and to become independent citizens who use spoken language to communicate so they do not need to rely on sign language interpreters. These children became doctors, lawyers, and business professionals who are fully integrated into their communities.

In time, Doreen Pollack established and published the 10 Principles for practicing the acoupedic approach in 1970. These 10 Principles are still used globally for listening and spoken language therapy programs around the world.

 

Accomplishments and Contributions

The impact of Doreen 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.

At that time, deafness was viewed as an educational problem. It was not viewed as a medical problem because there was no effective medical intervention available for the severe to profoundly deaf. Doreen had to go up against the medical community (pediatricians, ENTs, audiologists, speech-language pathologists) and convince them that her approach would work. In time, Doreen worked closely with medical doctors within Colorado and elsewhere to educate them about hearing loss and how using high powered hearing aids in combination with this therapy method, could teach children to listen, talk, and be fully mainstreamed. She also advocated for early identification of hearing loss in the state of Colorado.

Doreen’s accomplishments were remarkable. In the 1950s, there were no powerful hearing aids. In fact, she had to battle the Colorado Department of Health that was responsible for acquiring hearing aids, to get them to provide the most powerful hearing aids available at that time. Doreen left no stone unturned to find ways to bring the "deaf" into the broader world of hearing where the children would be able to attend their neighborhood schools, interact with hearing children, and thus develop appropriate social behavior and participate in sports, games, parties and interact with their neighborhood and community.

Doreen established an out-of-state program and the Denver ‘Listen House’ in conjunction with the Listen Foundation that allowed families from all over the United States and internationally to be immersed in an intensive week-long educational and therapeutic program that included: therapy, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, audiological services, thorough consultations and a detailed written treatment plan. Typically, there was a 9-12 month waiting list for families to attend this program.

Doreen received federal funding in 1978 to conduct a 9-month training program to train professionals in the Acoupedic approach. This training program included lectures, clinical practice and participation in supplemental services such as school visits, occupational therapy and observation of social work sessions. This evolved into a certification in auditory-verbal therapy practice.

Doreen was committed to teaching her methods through beginner and advanced training courses at the University of Denver so that hearing professionals could return home and start their own programs. The attendees were trained in the fields of speech pathology, audiology and deaf education. These individuals came from around the country and abroad to learn the approach developed and used by Doreen Pollack.

The certification program that Doreen helped establish for auditory-verbal therapists laid the groundwork of a brand-new profession.

Doreen was one of the first professionals to advocate for children with hearing loss to be mainstreamed in classes with children with typical hearing.

She conducted research and published her findings to provide objective data to support this approach for children and their families.

In these ways, Doreen, a wife, mother of three, administrator, therapist, trainer of therapists and lecturer, was a pioneer in the field of audiology and the education of the deaf. She inspired parents and provided hope that their child would be able to listen and talk. She also inspired professionals to train and continue her ground-breaking approach to prepare children for public school integration where they would receive modeling of proper grammar, normal intonation of speech and be around normal modeling of behavior. Most importantly, so the children could achieve their full potential.

Doreen published the first textbook on the Auditory-Verbal approach (then called Acoupedics) in 1970. Three editions were written with the 3rd edition published in 1997. This textbook was the number one book used in university and training programs internationally.

In addition to her book, Doreen authored numerous articles, was a consultant, and contributed as a guest lecturer and facilitator of workshops throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. She was also a longtime member of AG Bell and a founding board member of International Committee of Auditory-Verbal Communication and Auditory-Verbal International.

Honors

In 1973, Doreen was recognized by Colorado Governor John Vanderhoof, and presented with a plaque honoring her 25 years of service in pioneering the Acoupedic method in Colorado and providing therapy to the hearing impaired.

Doreen received the Honors of Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf in 1982.

Auditory-Verbal International Inc. honored Doreen as Director Emeritus for her extraordinary vision and leadership in 1995.

Mrs. Pollack’s original 10 principles for teaching children who are deaf to listen and talk with parents as partners in the program is now the standard of practice throughout the United States and internationally. Her audiological practices also became the standard of practice in the United States.

Postscript

While inspiring others, Doreen was fighting her own battles. She overcame the damaging and lifetime effects of contracting the polio virus in her mid-thirties.  Doreen was told that she would never walk again, but that was not an acceptable option to her. She learned to walk and spent many weekends hiking in the mountains of Colorado with her family. Doreen also had a genetic kidney disease that required her to receive dialysis three times a week throughout her career. However, she never let her own medical issues stop her from pursuing her goals of helping children achieve their best possible lives. For the good of the children, Doreen always put her needs second.

Doreen’s training programs and internships, which taught this approach to professionals, have given children around the world the option of listening and spoken language even if they are profoundly deaf.

Her research was some of the original work done to show the efficacy of this approach and has been replicated over the years.

Doreen’s contribution can best be summed up by one of her first students, now in her sixties, who recently wrote….

“Doreen Pollack has left a legacy to all of us who will always be indebted to her for giving us our lives – lives full of sounds that have meaning, lives that are full of friendships, and lives that are full of life and love.  Yet throughout her life Doreen endured more than her share of life’s trials within her own family, her adult onset polio, and aging with kidney disease, all of which she showed such courage and determination to overcome with such grace.  I feel that her journey shaped the way she was able to teach and show empathy, yet independence to all of us who were fortunate to be one of her students’

Doreen Pollack instilled in me perseverance and dedication, but most of all, a belief that I could do this and become the person I was meant to be".

Today Doreen Pollack’s legacy lives on through the Listen Foundation.

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Listen Foundation was founded in 1969 and was the first organization in the world to advocate Listening and Spoken Language therapy (LSL), 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.

 

Mission


The Listen Foundation provides for and assists children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, with access to a proven speech, language, and listening therapy method to help them achieve a life of independence.

 

Impact of Hearing Loss


Incidence of deafness is 1-3 per 1,000 births and 90% of children born deaf have hearing parents. Children using sign language are isolated from the general population and dependent on interpreters for communication. They typically have a 4th grade reading level at 17 years of age. 45% of deaf individuals do not graduate from high school, and only 5% graduate from college. Most are under– or un-employed. Those with jobs earn 50%-70% less than their hearing peers. The life-time cost to the public in terms of medical, educational, and productivity losses is $1,020,000.

 

Impact of Listening and Spoken Language Therapy


Children can attend and fully participate in regular mainstreamed schools. Research shows that over 50% of what a child learns is through incidental listening. These children do not rely on lip-reading so they can learn from conversations around them. LSL is literacy based so reading scores tend to be higher than those of typical hearing peers. Children can learn to play musical instruments, perform in the choir or learn to dance. They have better opportunities for higher education and employment. They will be able to compete at an equal level in all typical life experiences.

 

Listen Children


Come from families who cannot afford to pay for services. Optimal age for starting therapy is birth to three, but Listen provides services up to age 18. Most are in Denver Metro but children outside the Front Range can receive services through tele-intervention video conferencing. All families with children who have a hearing loss can attend parent workshops at no charge.

 

Community Partners include

The Denver Foundation, the Daniels Fund, Anschutz Family Foundation, Coors Foundation, Denver’s Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation, Oberkotter Foundation, Wells Fargo, National Cattlemen’s Beef Assoc., Cochlear Americas.

Partners

Aegon Transamerica Foundation
At Transamerica, we believe our responsibilities go beyond our corporate walls. That's why we created the Aegon Transamerica Foundation (the "Foundation") in 1994. Through a combination of financial grants and the volunteer commitment of our employees, we support non-profit organizations focused on the education, health and well-being of the communities where we live and work.

 

The Anschutz Family Foundation
"The Anschutz Family Foundation supports Colorado nonprofit organizations that assist people to help themselves while nurturing and preserving their self-respect. The Foundation encourages endeavors that strengthen families and communities and advance individuals to become productive and responsible citizens. There is a special interest in self-sufficiency, community development and programs aimed at the economically disadvantaged, the young, the elderly and the disabled. The Foundation is also dedicated to funding efforts in rural Colorado."

 

AV Hunter Trust
"The goal and the operations of the A.V. hunter Trust have always been to exemplify Mr. Hunter's desires to 'give aid, comfort and support to children, aged people, and indigent adults' in Colorado. The Trust has awarded more than $60 million to more than 500 nonprofit organizations and many thousands of individuals who have sought help from the Trust. The Trustees will continue this long tradition to help those among us who are less fortunate."

 

Daniels Fund
"The Daniels Fund, founded through the generous legacy of Bill Daniels, operates the Daniels Fund Grants Program and the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

The Daniels Fund Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations in our four-state region as well as national programs. Each year, approximately 70% of the Daniels Fund’s community investments are made through the Daniels Fund Grants Program in the following areas: Aging, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Amateur Sports, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education Reform, Ethics and Integrity in Education, Homeless and Disadvantaged, and Youth Development."

 

Denver Active 20-30 Children's Foundation
"The 24-year old foundation is dedicated to contributing to the betterment and welfare of the children in the local community. In its efforts to help others each member also strives to develop character, become a better citizen and learn to live and appreciate a fuller and richer life. In addition, the organization strives to raise the community’s awareness of the need to care for underprivileged children in the state of Colorado through fundraising and hands on community service."

 

Denver Kiwanis Foundation
Since 1917, the Denver Kiwanis Foundation has been unified in the belief that children and communities benefit from the efforts of caring and involved volunteers. Primarily, this club provides service to the community with an emphasis on serving children, particularly those "at risk."

Interested in a membership? Contact the Denver Kiwanis Club with any questions at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Gannett Foundation
The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc. Through its Community Grant Program, Gannett Foundation supports nonprofit activities in the communities in which Gannett does business. Through its other programs, the Foundation invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving, reacts to natural and other disasters, and contributes to a variety of charitable causes.

 

Jeffco Sertoma Club
"Sertoma works to create communities of change under common leadership and with a common voice that will serve the many in need."

 

Oberkotter Foundation
"For more than 30 years, the Oberkotter Foundation has supported schools where children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn listening and spoken language. We have provided significant funding nationally, supporting approximately 50 schools throughout the country. This work has dramatically increased the number of opportunities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk."

The Oberkotter Foundation grew out of one family’s journey with their daughter Mildie, who is deaf, which resulted in their mission to support families throughout their LSL journey. The Oberkotter Foundation provides grants throughout the U.S. supporting LSL programs for children birth to three years of age. The Listen Foundation is honored to be a recipient of Oberkotter grants for our tele-health programs since 2013.

Click on the photo below to watch a short film celebrating the Oberkotter Family’s journey to spoken language.

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Rocky Mountain Ear Center
"At Rocky Mountain Ear Center, P.C., every member of our team is a trained professional to ensure you receive the best possible quality care. We take pride in our ability to serve you and we look forward to a mutually satisfactory relationship."

 

Schlessman Family Foundation
"Schlessman Family Foundation in 1957 for general charitable purposes with interests in human services, civic and community projects."

 

The Soule Family Foundation
"The Soule Family prides themselves in helping others strive and achieve opportunities that might not have been granted to them otherwise. It is the foundations goal to help these individuals create an impact in their local communities. Being able to impact the community and help other individuals is the main purpose of the Soule Family Foundation."

 

Thornton Assistance Fund
"Since 1983, the City of Thornton has provided grant funds to assist nonprofit organizations that help Thornton residents meet their basic needs and enhance their ability to be self-sufficient. Basic needs are identified as food, housing, health and medical, or human services. Programs that help people move from relying on private or public assistance to providing for one's own needs is also eligible for funding. The City has $76,538 available to award to nonprofit organizations in 2016."

 

Wells Fargo Foundation
"Wells Fargo is proud to support organizations working to strengthen our communities. Through the efforts of our enthusiastic team member-volunteers and our contributions, we share our success within our communities by giving back to non-profits and educational institutions that address vital community needs and issues."

 

 

Sponsors

Award & Sign
"From Do-It-Yourself Plaque Magic kits to Name Badge Programs, we have everything that your company’s recognition program needs to succeed."

 

Build-a-Bear Bear Hugs Foundation
"The mission of the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation is to make life more bearable for children, families and pets in need of the kindness of others. Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation will make grants to qualified non-profit organizations (either 501(c)(3) organizations or registered Canadian charities) that support the health and wellness of children and families, the care and welfare of animals and the promotion of literacy and education for all."

 

Advanced Bionics
"Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Acquired by Sonova Holding AG and working with Phonak since 2009, AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that restores hearing to those with severe-to-profound hearing loss."

 

Cochlear America
"Cochlear is the leading implantable hearing solution for people with a hearing loss. Learn more about Cochlear products, support, and hearing loss."

 

MED-EL
"As the industry’s technology leader in implantable hearing solutions, MED-EL products are the result of 30 years of focused research and a commitment by its founders to fostering a company culture of excellence."

 

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
A generous share of the proceeds from the Cattleman’s annual golf tournament are donated to Listen.

"NCBA is committed to developing and recognizing leaders within our industry and rewarding them for their valuable contributions. Several programs have been created over the years to not only further educate cattlemen, but to recognize their efforts for current and innovative practices within the industry. These programs include the Young Cattlemen’s Conference and programs through the National Cattlemen's Foundation such as scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students, the Environmental Stewardship Award and the Beef Quiz Bowl."

 

 

Consider naming Listen Foundation as a beneficiary, or a contingent (secondary) beneficiary, in your retirement account. Although most of us plan to leave our assets to our family, perhaps they would understand if you left a small percentage of your IRA so that we may continue our mission of helping children hear, listen and talk.  This is easily accomplished through a beneficiary designation form that can be downloaded from your IRA custodian, and can easily be updated if you change your mind.

 

Fact Sheet for Donors / Advisors

 Legal Name: Listen Foundation, Inc.

 

 Federal Tax Identification Number: 24-7060754

 

 Contact:               Pat Greenway,Executive Director

 Address:              6950 E. Belleview Ave., Suite 203, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

 Phone:                 303-781-9440

 Fax:                     303-781-2018

 

Purpose: (Description of organization, perhaps including mission and vision statements.)

Listen Foundation provides for and assists children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, with access to a proven speech, language, and listening therapy method to help them achieve a life of independence.

 

Security Delivery Instructions:

(if any)

 

Recommended Language for Bequests and Testamentary Gifts:

 

Donors wishing to designate a gift to Listen Foundation their will or trust should use the following language:

 

“I wish to give choose one:

 

  • (a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the estate)

 

  • (a specific number of shares of a specified security)

 

  • the proceeds of my life insurance policy, (name of insurance company and policy number) (donor should also change the beneficiary designation on the insurance policy)

 

  • my Individual Retirement Account (name of investment firm and account number) (donor should also change the beneficiary designation on the account)

 

  • the remainder interest in my Charitable Remainder Trust (specific name of trust) (donor should also have attorney change the remainder interest on the CRT documents)

 

to Listen Foundation."

 

Listen Foundation, Inc.

 6950 E. Belleview Ave., Suite 203,

 Greenwood Village, CO 80111

 

Attention: Executive Director

 

 

 

Use of Gifts:   (optional)

 

Donors making planned gifts (by bequest, beneficiary designation, or retained benefit gifts) or outright gifts may specify a purpose for their gift.

 

¨      If the gift is $5,000 or more, the donor may create a named fund.

 

¨      Donors of gifts of $5,000 or more may request that a special fund be created to fund a specific cause or area of interest within Listen Foundation.


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Plaque Presentation

Cherry Creek Has Heart!

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.

Plaque presentation 2017 

Listen in the News

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Listen has been awarded

the El Pomar Foundation

Award for Excellence 

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Our Sponsors

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Our Address:
6950 E. Belleview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO, USA 80111
Contact Details:
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(303)-781-9440
 
 
 

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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