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About CID

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. We offer educational opportunities and resources for children and families as well as professionals (deaf education and general education teachers, speech-language pathologists, auditory-verbal therapists, pediatric audiologists, program administrators and others).

Accreditation and Awards

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

The school is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Illinois State Board of Education. CID’s teachers are fully accredited by the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). All hold master’s degrees and state teaching certifications. Our Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center staff are also credentialed providers for the First Steps early intervention program in Missouri and the Child and Family Connections program in Illinois.

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

For the past 12+ 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 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest rating from Candid (previously Guidestar). Our award-winning program has been replicated at other schools.

Find client reviews of CID at greatnonprofits.org.