Featured News and Updates

Kim Gerth, MSHA Member, Named PBS Digital Innovator All-Star

Kim Gerth, MSHA member and a speech-language pathologist in the Rockwood School District, has been named a PBS Digital Innovator All-Star for her work with implementing media and technology to engage her students. Kim is a valued colleague to us, well-experienced with a variety of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, and has truly worked as hard as possible during the closure to ensure the needs of her students are met. Congratulations, Kim!

Read more here: https://www.pbs.org/education/digitalinnovators/class-of-2020 and

Posted May 2020

Emmy-Nominated Educational Short Features a CID Family

Finding Mack’s Voice, a five-minute video about 2017 Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) graduate, Mack Neville, and his family, was recently nominated for a 43rd National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences MidAmerica Emmy Award.

The video follows Mack and his twin brother, Rhett, after leaving CID to attend their neighborhood school. After two years of services in the CID family center attending the toddler class, Mack enrolled in the CID early childhood center with his brother as a hearing peer. During his five years at CID, he learned to listen, talk and read so he could work and play alongside children in a general education classroom.

Interviews with the boys’ parents as well as their teachers, classmates and principal at St. Teresa School punctuate scenes of Mack interacting at home, in class, on the playground and at the lunch table at school. Watch the video at https://tinyurl.com/macksvoice.

Posted January 2020

CID Co-Hosts St. Louis Screenings of Moonlight Sonata

More than 230 people attended the November St. Louis screenings of Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-award winner Irene Taylor Brodsky. The HBO film follows two generations of her family: her parents, Sally and Paul Taylor, and her son, Jonas, all of whom are deaf. Sally and Paul Taylor are alumni of the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID). The film made its HBO debut in December. Watch an interview with the director at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoWSMlSylWE.

Posted January 2020

Leebolts Contribute to Further CID Data Project

Karen and Terry Leebolt first became aware of the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) in 2011 when their daughter, Tracy, enrolled their 18-month-old granddaughter, Celia, in the CID Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center. Karen joined the board in 2014 and after Celia graduated from the school in 2015, her family remained involved in important ways. Most recently, they made an extraordinary contribution of $150,000 for projects essential to CID’s strategic plan goal to use data to inform outcomes and influence the field.

“Karen and I wanted to provide a gift to allow CID to continue to expand their capabilities with a specific focus,” Terry said. “We decided to help them develop a database solution to enable the effective analysis of a massive amount of data accumulated over many years.”

Posted January 2020

Davidson in the Spotlight

The Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) audiology outcomes director Lisa Davidson, PhD, will be a keynote speaker at the A.G. Bell Association Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium in Baltimore in July 2020. She will discuss her team’s NIH-funded research, including the recently published “Effects of Early Acoustic Hearing and Speech Perception and Language for Pediatric Cochlear Implant Recipients” in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.

Davidson co-authored the article with Rosalie Uchanski, PhD, and Jill Firszt, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine and Ann Geers, PhD, of the University of Texas at Dallas. It details results of their nationwide study including children at CID and programs across the country.
Davidson is also an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. She began her career in 1978 as a clinical audiologist at CID.

Posted January 2020