Imagine you are a new parent. Your baby, one of the 97% of newborns screened in Arizona for hearing loss, has been diagnosed deaf or hard of hearing. You have found Desert Voices in Phoenix where even infants and their family can begin to gain the skills needed to use spoken language.
Desert Voices, Arizona’s only nonprofit, private oral education school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, is to teach each child the oral language skills needed to talk and understand when others talk to them. Our goal is to prepare the children and their family to mainstream into their school of choice with hearing children their age.
Desert Voices was founded in 1996 by parents of children with hearing loss who believed spoken language instruction provided their children with the greatest educational and social opportunities. Desert Voices opened their doors using a structured, language focused teaching curriculum with one teacher for every two to three students. Today Desert Voices serves families with infants to children age 5 or 6. Our professionals collaborate with pediatricians, audiologists, school districts, and state referral agencies in order to identify these children and facilitate their enrollment in an appropriate program.