CID’s mission is to teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen, talk, read and succeed. We empower families and professionals in St. Louis and worldwide to help children reach their fullest potential.


    More than a century teaching deaf children to talk


    Success stories, graduates’ colleges and professions


    Fully accredited and locally and nationally recognized


    An alliance spanning nine decades


    Helping children and their families every day


    Nonprofit organization in the state of Missouri



In 1914, Max Aaron Goldstein, MD, a renowned St. Louis ear, nose and throat physician, set out to do what most people believed impossible: teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing to talk. He had earlier received postgraduate medical training in Europe. In Vienna, he met a professor teaching profoundly deaf children to talk using “remnants” of hearing. This experience became the genesis for his dream to convince the world that congenitally deaf children could learn to listen and speak intelligibly.

Read more about CID and its history…

Founded in 1914, CID in St. Louis was the first fully dedicated auditory-oral school for children with hearing loss in the U.S.


CID’s value statements help to define our culture. They inform our interactions with one another and with the children, families and professionals we serve. Our five core values are:

    • We value innovation that contributes to student achievement and the advancement of our field. We achieve this through ongoing evaluation of self, program and organization. This reflective innovation is fueled by experience, intuition, creative thinking and evidenced-based best practices.
    • We value sharing and collaborating within and across departments and with families, community, universities and professionals who can help children who are deaf or hard of hearing achieve their fullest potential. We further recognize that both formal and informal communication between CID administration and staff – from the top down and the bottom up – are paramount to CID’s success as an organization.
    • Every child, family, employee and professional’s voice is heard and respected at CID. We value fairness, tradition, diversity, manners and the needs of individuals, including the need for home and work balance.
    • CID is dedicated to educating the whole child by adapting services to meet the individual needs of each child and family. We are committed to providing these services attentively and selflessly while remaining true to our mission.
    • All members of the CID family demand excellence from themselves, co-workers, students, families and the professionals we serve. We are committed to being a professional learning community and therefore a leader in the field. We achieve this through personal and professional accountability, honesty, continual self improvement/education and all the values stated above.


CID Administrators

Robin M. Feder Executive Director
Lynda Berkowitz Principal
Kathy Gallagher Family Center Director

Board of Directors

David Schepers, retired vice president of energy delivery technical services for Ameren Corporation, is the president of the CID board of directors.

List of CID board members


Peter with glasses and cochlear implants

By the time he was 18 months old, Peter lost all of his hearing. With the guidance and support of a strong professional community of audiologists and educators, he graduated from CID in 2011 and entered first-grade alongside his peers with typical hearing in a school near where he lived.


An alliance that began as a trusted handshake in 1931 became a formal affiliation in September 2003 when, after decades working together, Washington University School of Medicine entered into an historic agreement with CID – Central Institute for the Deaf.

This new affiliation formally transferred CID’s graduate training program (PACS–Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences), hearing research programs and adult audiology clinic, along with its state-of-the art, 66,000-square-foot campus and research facilities, into the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology. The CID school, early intervention and professional development programs remained with CID – Central Institute for the Deaf, a financially independent institution.

CID is a member of the Washington University Medical Center, which includes the School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish-Children’s Hospitals in the Central West End of St. Louis. CID provides practicum experiences for local graduate students, including deaf education and audiology students in the PACS program and students in the early intervention and speech-language programs at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Fontbonne University. CID teachers of the deaf, speech-language pathologists, pediatric audiologists and administrators serve on the faculty of local university programs.
CID shares the same campus with CID at Washington University School of Medicine programs. CID benefits from affiliation with the internationally renowned Harold W. Siebens Hearing Research Center, the Center for Childhood Deafness and other laboratory sites composing hearing and deafness research at CID at Washington University School of Medicine. The CID school staff cooperates and collaborates with childhood deafness researchers at Washington University and elsewhere to improve listening and spoken language for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. In addition, CID at Washington University School of Medicine’s adult hearing clinics include the Spencer T. Olin Clinic, located on the CID campus.


The CID educational program is fully accredited and locally and nationally recognized.

The CID school program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Illinois State Board of Education. CID Family Center staff are credentialed providers for the First Steps program in Missouri and the Child and Family Connections program in Illinois.

CID teachers are fully accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). CID continuing education workshops are accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and offer AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) certification credits. CID is an approved Illinois State Board of Education provider of professional development activities.

Every year from 2009 through 2019 (for the past 10 consecutive years), Charity Navigator has awarded CID its highest 4-star ranking. This level indicates that CID executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way that outperforms most other U.S. charities. CID has a 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest rating from Guidestar. Our award-winning program has been replicated at other schools.

CID is a recipient of a FOCUS-St. Louis “What’s Right With the Region!” Award for Creating Quality Educational Opportunities.

The CID school building was constructed with “quiet school” technology, exceeding ASHA standards to meet the educational needs of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The building received a Regional Excellence Award from St. Louis Construction News and Review and a Construction Keystone Award for Partnering Excellence from the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis. In 2001, the Landmarks Association of St. Louis named the CID campus one of the city’s Eleven Most Enhanced Sites. In 2003, the CID school received an Impact on Learning Award from School Planning and Management magazine.


2018 Annual Report
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2018

CID’s fiscal year runs from September 1 through August 31. View our latest available audited financial statement or 990:

FY18 Form 990-2017 REDACTED SCH B


Pediatric Audiologist

 CID–Central Institute for the Deaf seeks a full-time, year-round pediatric audiologist to provide services to children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.  CID’s mission is to teach children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing to listen, talk, read and succeed.  We empower families and professionals in St. Louis and worldwide to help children reach their fullest potential.  The CID audiology department is an integral part of that mission. Audiologists provide a full range of re/habilitative audiologic services for children from birth to 12 years of age and work closely with educators to address speech, language and hearing needs of the children in the CID School.

Candidates should be proficient in providing behavioral hearing evaluations, device evaluations (digital hearing aids, cochlear implants, and DM/FM systems), parent counseling and educational outreach.  Master’s or AuD, valid CCC certificate and Missouri state license required. 2 plus years of experience in pediatric audiology with AuD is preferred.

Applicants may send cover letter and resume’ to:  Audiologist, Human Resources, Central Institute for the Deaf, 825 South Taylor Ave., St. Louis, MO   63110 or e-mail to:  dgibbs@cid.edu.



4th-Year Audiology Extern: Martha E. Jones Pediatric Audiology Center at CID

The CID – Central Institute for the Deaf pediatric audiology program provides a full range of re/habilitative audiologic services, including behavioral hearing evaluations, device evaluations (digital hearing aids, cochlear implants and FM systems) and programming, parent counseling and educational outreach. CID audiologists work closely with educators in the CID parent-infant family center program and CID school addressing the speech, language and hearing needs of children ages birth to 12.

Each year, we seek a fourth-year audiology extern to participate in all aspects of the audiology clinic, including making and fitting earmolds, selecting and verifying hearing aids, programming and verifying cochlear implants for children, fitting FM systems and planning of appropriate auditory training goals. Through observation and guided supervision, the extern helps counsel families about hearing loss, device options and the cochlear implantation process. Stipend available. 

Please send cover letter, CV, 3 letters of recommendation, and a copy of current academic transcript to Kathy Holtman, AuD, CCC-A, CID Pediatric Audiology Program, 825 S. Taylor Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110 or e-mail kholtman@cid.edu

For more information: 314.977.0104


Updated July 26, 2017