New York, NY. September 18, 2010. The Children's Hearing Institute partnered with the New York Mets on Saturday, September 18th, to sponsor Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day at Citifield. The Institute distributed free tickets to the patients of the Cochlear Implant/Hearing & Learning Center at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.
In addition, this sponsorship allowed CHI to offer tickets to several of the deaf and hard of hearing programs in the New York City metro area including Center for Hearing Communication, NYC Board of Education - Speech & Audiology Program, Clark School for Hearing & Speech, The ASL & English Secondary School, New York School for the Deaf, Cleary School for the Deaf, Lexington School for the Deaf, New York State School for the Deaf, St. Francis De Sales School for the Deaf, St. Joseph's School for the Deaf, Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, and the Rhinelander Children's Center.
In all, over 1000 hearing impaired children attended the game. The NY Mets provided sign language interpreters throughout the stadium, as well as captions on the ribbon boards surrounding the ballpark for the deaf and hard of hearing fans in attendance. Students from the above mentioned programs signed the National Anthem as well.
Left to right: Tod Tillotson, NY Mets, Charles Figliozzi and Ralph Lambiasi, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, Melissa Willis & William McCahill of The Children's Hearing Institute
About the Children’s Hearing Institute
Founded in 1983 by Dr. Simon Parisier and his wife Elaine, The Children’s Hearing Institute has dedicated itself to helping children with hearing loss and their families. In the past two and a half decades, The Institute has pioneered research, education, and therapeutic efforts that have immeasurably improved the lives of deaf children.
Among the Institute’s most significant accomplishments is its support of work with Cochlear Implants. In 1979, Dr. Parisier began his groundbreaking work with this device, which is surgically placed in the cochlea, restoring sound to deaf ears. Recognizing that surgical intervention alone would not ensure a child’s successful acquisition of the skills needed to develop listening, spoken language, thinking and learning, Dr. and Mrs. Parisier founded The Institute to develop and fund research and a variety of educational and clinical services that support a child’s development and education.
The Institute concentrates its efforts in three broad areas: support for education, clinical services, and research. For more information, please visit http://www.childrenshearing.org/