You can be a valuable resource for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, and the Montgomery County Association for Hearing Impaired Children can help. This is an organization that brings us together for sharing information, lending support and celebrating accomplishments, both in the classroom and out.
We provide educational opportunities so that our members may remain informed about issues affecting our children. We offer social activities to stay connected, and we strive to foster community awareness of the valuable contributions made by deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. We contribute to Battle of the Books, a national middle school competition for deaf and hard of hearing students; and to Academic Bowl, a national high school academic competition. Each year our MCPS DHOH students place high in the competition.
Statistics show that 90% of children with a hearing impairment are born to parents with no hearing impairment themselves*, so we offer many support services and programs for parents to understand the additional needs that their hearing-impaired child needs to succeed, such as American Sign Language and Cued Speech classes at no cost.
We are also very proud of our Audiologist's Fund, which provides financial assistance to low-income families in need of hearing aid repairs, hearing aid earmolds, and batteries. The fund is administered by MCPS staff audiologists and is an important focus of MCAHIC resources.
Please take some time and explore our website to learn more about our all-volunteer organization. If you'd like to volunteer with MCAHIC, then please contact us—we'd love to hear from you!
2017-2018 Board Members:
Donna Gentry (Treasurer)
Judy Heier-Hammond (Communications)
Eileen Wilkerson (Secretary)