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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Marion's Way Preschool

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Families

Description

Marion's Way Preschool is an intensive model summer program for children with hearing loss designed to develop listening and spoken language skills, optimize hearing technology, educate and support parents and professionals.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The achievements of Marion's Way have been so successful that the specialists have provided numerous presentations nationally and internationally and produced peer reviewed publications. In addition to the specialists, preschool staff are writing a curriculum to share with other preschools who serve children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

KidScreen

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

KidScreen is a hearing, speech, language, vision, and developmental learning screening program to promote early identification of communication and learning problems. Targeting primary low income, uninsured, or underinsured children 6 months and older throughout the Denver Metro area.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since 1997, KidScreen has produced comprehensive change throughout the community by determining if a child's developmental, academic and learning skills are age appropriate or if there is a need for further evaluation. Over the past year, the KidScreen program has provided screening services to over 100 different schools, including Early Head Start/Head Start sites, and to over 5000 children in the Denver Metro Area; approximately 450 students on average per month.

Clinical Services/ Hearing and Speech Bank

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children ages 5 to 21
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The MDC audiologists provide world class hearing health care to patients of all ages. Comprehensive hearing evaluations using state-of-the-art procedures and protocols provide the necessary information for recommendations regarding diagnosis and management. The MDC speech-language pathologists diagnosis and treat speech or language difficulties in individuals of all ages.

As part of the MDC's clinical services we offer funding to qualifying low income adults and children in the Denver Metro area to receive hearing and speech services. The Bank also provides new or refurbished/repaired hearing aids and other types of hearing assisting equipment.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Hearing Aid Bank program has been in place at the Marion Downs Center for over 35 years and to our knowledge is the only entity targeting and serving large numbers of low-income individuals with hearing loss.

"My life, my daily conversations with others and especially board meeting that I must attend are things I look forward to again. For several years my hearing failed me due to damaged nerves and I was very hesitant about getting hearing aids - not for me. However, after one visit with a great Audiologist, at the Marion Downs Center, I quickly became comfortable with the thought of wearing hearing aids because of the expertise and care shown to me. Today I am totally comfortable with particular model of hearing aid we chose together. The people I met are all wonderful, caring people who only have your best interest at heart. I highly recommend the Marion Downs Center to young and old alike. It was a great experience and I look forward to continuing the great relationship we have developed over a very short period of time." R Blayton

ELLO - Early Learning and Language Outreach

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

The focus of ELLO is to promote early literacy and school readiness for underserved and low-income children 3-5 years old, and their families. ELLO fosters a rich literacy environment that builds the expressive and receptive language foundations necessary for future academic success. The basis of the program focuses on what children naturally love, keeping them more engaged in their own learning through the incorporation of literary centered games, story time, art, music, and movement.

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Evidence of Program's Success

A parent's first experience using ELLO "Thank you for helping my kids get ready for school. They used to cry getting ready and they aren't crying anymore and love coming to your school." - M.B.

"My son goes to two preschools. This is his favorite. He loves coming here each week". - T.A.

"My daughter Aissata is learning her letters and her numbers in RISE. 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 RISE 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."
In recent evaluation demonstrated the Aissata's test scores have improved from 33% to 83% in school readiness, from 30% to 57% in expressive language and from 26% to 56% in receptive language skills.

Occupational Hearing Assessment

Class

Community, Business & Industry 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

Recreational hearing conservation is an emerging need for our communities. We provide community outreach and services for musicians, hunters and recreational shooters. We also provide hearing conservation programs services to Colorado businesses.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The MDC has long standing relationships with many of the same companies which we have worked with for more than 30 years. In 2017 we served 20,000 people.

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