SPOKANE, Wash.--A Spokane program for deaf or hard of hearing young children is losing one of its biggest donors and is launching a new fundraiser.
Mia Newell, 5, was declared deaf at the age of one.
“A complete shock. Just trying to imagine what her life was going to be like,” said Luisita Franci Newell, Mia’s mom.
Mia Newell has been at Hearing Oral Program of Excellence or HOPE school for three years on WSU’s Riverpoint campus.
"She was really shy and didn't chat too much. And after a couple of weeks she started to become a chatty kathy,” said Newell.
Teachers and graduate students at HOPE help children use their hearing technology to understand what they are hearing. They help the kids talk as much as possible.
"They are going to be able to hear well, speak very well and quote on quote just be a normal child in the classroom,” said Kim Schafer, Development Director at HOPE school.
The program is mainly funded by school contracts, grants and donations. The goal is to get the children into mainstream schools needing as little help as possible.
"If she can't hear in class. At five she knows she needs to go to the teacher and say ‘excuse me, I didn't hear what you said.’ She learned that here,” said Schafer.
HOPE school is having a fundraiser called, “Hear Me Run.” It will be on June 7 and registration is open.
Click here to register.