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Central Institute for the Deaf

58 Employees | 102 Years

Teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen, talk, read and succeed. Partnering with families and collaborating with universities, educators and other professionals worldwide to help children communicate to achieve their fullest potential.

Mission Statement

CID – Central Institute for the Deaf is a St. Louis gem whose mission is to teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen, talk, read and succeed. The Dana Brown Charitable Trust’s gift to their Making Conversations Happen Centennial Campaign for their Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center. The Family Center serves their youngest clients, those birth to age 3, who make up over 60% of the total number served at CID.


Thanks to The Dana Brown Charitable Trust, in the past year, CID has greatly increased its capacity to serve Family Center students by adding a new toddler class for 2-year-olds and three new therapy spaces for individualized instruction. All of these spaces have been updated with new sound proofing on the walls to aid in their “quiet school” philosophy. Last year they served 150 children through their Family Center, which represented an 8% increase from the prior year. All of their services through the Joanne Parrish Knight Family Center are provided at no cost to families. These services include family educators traveling up to 1 hour each way for weekly meetings with families in their homes.