I learned about the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID) from my 8-year-old daughter, who spent the fall visiting the school with her 3rd grade class. I was so impressed when I realized she was learning a lot of sign language, and was curious to learn more. So when I heard that CEID was hosting an informational open house one Saturday, my daughter and I, along with Lori, headed over for a visit.
CEID is a beautiful little school. Located just across the Bay in a sunny pocket of Berkeley, CEID teaches communication skills to children who are deaf or who have profound hearing loss, as well as to their families. Early intervention—within the first five years—is crucial in maximizing the communication potential of hearing-impaired children, and gives them a foundation that can set them up successfully for the rest of their lives.
CEID is pretty holistic in that it provides a mix of services, from the Outpatient Newborn Hearing Screenings to parent and child classes that enhance communication and sign language skills. If you have a minute, take a look at their site and see the work they do; you might also want to check out the link to their donation page and the link to their wish list.
Here are some photos I took of our recent visit (our second one; my lucky daughter got to take the morning off from school to revisit this bright little spot in the world!). We had a great time and fell in love with the staff and the kids. That pretty yellow lab is Nan, a service dog/staff member at CEID and a recent graduate of Canine Companions for Independence (another organization we LOVE!).