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.

More Information

Fundraising Pages

Want to do more for your favorite charity? We’ve made it easy for you to raise money by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a fundraiser Current fundraisers for this charity (0)

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.

Photos

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.

Connect and Grow Teen Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Supporting teens with hearing loss through Teen Day, an all-day event focused on preparing high school students who are deaf and hard of hearing for life after high school and Campus Connections, a 3-day conference at the University of Colorado Boulder Campus for college bound teenagers who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

Teen program statistics, gathered from surveys administered in previous years to students who have attended in the past, showed that 100% of participants felt more prepared for graduation and life after high school. A significant number of students noted that they learned about at least one new resource available to them as young adults with a hearing loss. Finally, results showed that a significant number of students believe the key to transitioning from high school to college is being surrounded and supported by a community of other students within the same age range who have a hearing loss. Other results showed that meeting professionals with a hearing loss is very beneficial.

KidScreen

Class

Health Care 

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 7 months to 7 years of age throughout the Denver Metro area.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

Since 1997, KidScreen has produced comprehensive change throughout the community by providing valuable resources in cognitive, developmental, and social skills, under the umbrella of a healthy child. In 2014 KidScreen assessed and evaluated 5,663 children and conducted 264 screening site visits to schools, Head Start/Early Head Start programs, and preschools/daycare's in the Denver Metro Area. An increase from 251 screening site visits last year.

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.

Photos

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.

RISE - Read, Imagine, Share, Explore

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

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

Description

The focus of RISE is to promote early literacy and school readiness for underserved and low-income children 2-8 years old, and their families. RISE 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.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

"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, recreational shooters, and Colorado businesses.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

The MDC has long standing relationships with many of the same companies which we have worked with for 20-30 years. In 2014 we served 15,000 people.

Key aspects of this profile information have been reviewed by Community First Foundation staff. Each organization is exclusively responsible for the content that appears on the profile page. Community First Foundation offers general guidance as to the purpose of each area but does not require or encourage charities to include anything in particular in each section.