A corporate gift boosts the power of what we can accomplish — improving lives through the gift of communication. A variety of opportunities allow corporations to support programs that closely align with their business and community priorities and help build healthier, stronger communities.
The demographics that are Deaf and hard of hearing are truly astounding. Over 730,000 Albertans are hard of hearing and over 38,000 Albertans are Deaf or deafened. More shocking is that one in five adolescents have developed a permanent noise induced hearing loss – and it’s completely preventable.
Once thought to be the scourge of old age, increasingly, hearing loss is a phenomenon occuring in children and youth. With more support, we will be able to increase our education and prevention efforts and do a better job educating our children and youth to prevent permanent hearing loss.
Age-related hearing loss is increasing along with the baby boomers approaching their senior years. Unfortunately, a hearing loss is something that is usually denied or ignored for too long; research from audiologists show that it takes five to seven years for someone to admit they have a hearing loss, and to do something about it. Early identification and intervention can help avoid all those years of struggle, frustration and embarrassment. Solutions do exist.
Because the language of the Deaf is a visual, not a verbal, one, communication between the Deaf community and the hearing world presents unique challenges. Difficulties in acquiring equal access to communication for the Deaf leads to lower education and employment rates and therefore a reduced lifetime income. Research indicates that a Deaf student completing high school graduates with a Grade 3 or 4 reading level. Early intervention literacy programs need to increase as we know that early intervention provides the strongest return on investment.
The ability to effectively communicate impacts every aspect of our life. With powerful education and early intervention programs and the provision of appropriate communication devices, we can reduce hearing loss and the associated stigma, or provide early intervention in literacy education for Deaf children.
An investment in Deaf and Hear Alberta will help us achieve those goals and will provide a solid social return on investment. Address your philanthropic objectives by helping to reduce or remove communication barriers for the Deaf or hard of hearing. Consider supporting our organization with a tax-effective donation.
Your corporate sponsorship is invited for programs that focus on education, awareness, prevention and advocacy. Depending on your corporate focus, sponsorship support can be aligned with programs targeted to children, youth, families or seniors.
Opportunities are available to have your brand be identified as a founding sponsor for one or more of our educational programs, in alignment with your corporate giving priorities.
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