Marion Downs Center

The MDC provides services, resources, and education to meet the needs of individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or communicatively challenged, their families, and the professionals who work with them. We provide excellent and state of the art services to all ages and all economic groups.

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(2014)The Center for Hearing Speech and Language
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Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
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4280 Hale Parkway
Denver, CO 80220
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Mission Statement

The Marion Downs Center enriches people's lives by providing innovative, caring, and high quality services and programs for individuals of all ages with barriers to communication.

Organization History

The Marion Downs Center ("MDC") recently combined the work of two longstanding nonprofit organizations, the former Marion Downs Hearing Center ("MDHC") and the former Center for Hearing, Speech and Language ("CHSL"). The former Marion Downs Hearing Center was founded in 1996 by a group of distinguished professionals in the field of hearing loss, basing their efforts on the vision and work of Dr. Marion Downs, a pioneer in the field of audiology. For 96 years, the former Center for Hearing, Speech and Language had a remarkable presence. Their extraordinary legacy was built through enriching people's lives by providing innovative, caring and high quality services for people with barriers to communication regardless of financial status. The joining of forces of the MDHC and CHSL into the MDC allows us to strive to increase our impact to more individuals and families throughout Colorado regardless of financial status.


"The staff and curriculum at Marion's Way use best practices for educating the DHH as well as doing research on ways for continuous improvement. They held classes for the parents to teach us skills techniques, and approaches to use at home and in the community. The information we learned is invaluable and Connor's language, social skills, and communication showed significant improvement." - Annie Mason

"Chase has attended Marion's Way Preschool two summers in a row. He continues to make huge strides in his education, has now been mainstreamed in public kindergarten and doing very well. Without the support, guidance and expertise from Marion's Way, Chase would not be where he is today! Today, Chase is a typical, happy, smart outgoing and socially curious 5 year old who just happens to be hard of hearing." - Cynthia Monson

"My daughter is learning her letters and her numbers in the Early Language Literacy Program. She also knows her colors. She is very happy taking the class and her English is getting better like her older brothers, who also participated in the program and are now fluent in English and in elementary school. She is learning to get along with other children, it is a big help for us. She watches her brothers do homework and wants to do some too. It is a big help. We are very happy you can do this." - Father of an Early Language Literacy Program Participant

"I was born with Shpritzen Syndrome and gradually my hearing kept getting worse. I had trouble understanding what was on the TV, hearing the doorbell, and other everyday things most people take for granted. It was a true miracle that Marion Downs granted me a gift of hearing aids. I totally love them and everything seems like a new world. They helped give me a new life!" April Kauffmann

"I have had my hearing aids for a month now and can't believe how life-changing the ability to hear so clearly is," I don't have to have the TV loudly blaring. I don't have to always ask people to repeat what they have said. I have lived in such a muted world for so long and now I can hear birds, crickets, and my kids talking clearly to me." - Gayla Greenfield

"Campus connections was one of the most exciting times in my life! I will always remember what a wise woman told us that weekend...."get comfortable with being uncomfortable". Thank you Rebecca!" - Cameron Clarke

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