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About CID: At CID, a multidisciplinary team of teachers, pediatric audiologists and speech-language pathologists use listening and spoken language to prepare children who are deaf and hard of hearing to participate and succeed without the need for sign language. Generous private scholarship support enables CID to turn away no child with hearing loss based on a family's inability to pay.
Students typically live in the St. Louis metropolitan area, southern Illinois and rural Missouri. CID students have come from 48 U.S. states and 28 other countries.
CID provides continuing education workshops and curricula for professionals in deaf education, audiology and speech-language pathology. CID also offers guided observations, consultation models and in-service training for public and private schools and school districts who serve children who use cochlear implants and hearing aids. CID helps prepare future teachers of the deaf and audiologists, offering practicum experiences for local university graduate students. CID teachers serve as faculty in the Washington University School of Medicine Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS). This program is closely affiliated with but financially independent from CID.
CID was founded in 1914 by St. Louis doctor Max Goldstein, MD, in rooms above his medical offices on Vandeventer Avenue. He envisioned a place where teachers, parents and doctors would work together to help deaf children learn to listen, talk and achieve independence. The science and profession of audiology were developed at CID along with successful methods and practices for teaching children listening, spoken language and literacy skills.
CID has been located at the southern end of the Washington University Medical Center/Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis since 1916. CID is a proud member of the United Way.
CID: A Journey - new book features Rollins images, Kilfoy design
November 22, 2009
New book gives glimpse behind the doors of a uniquely St. Louis institution
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, October 2009 - How do you teach a deaf child to talk? Photographer Tom Rollins and designer Michael Kilfoy take you through the doors of a uniquely St. Louis institution to answer this question in a direct visual way. The new book, CID: A Journey, features 95 images chosen from thousands of photographs Rollins created of students, families and staff at CID – Central Institute for the Deaf during the past three years. This year is CID’s 95th anniversary as a school where deaf children learn to listen, talk, read and succeed without the use of sign language. Past CID board of directors president Robert G. Clark, CEO of Clayco Inc., wrote the introduction.
The 72-page CID: A Journey, is available for $19.95 from CID. Proceeds support CID’s scholarship program for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Generous community support allows CID to turn no child with hearing loss away based on a family’s inability to pay.
"Tom and Michael have brought enormous talent and resources to this project," CID executive director Robin M. Feder said. "We are grateful for such talented friends who understand and can communicate, so beautifully and with so much energy and heart, the stories of our families and the kind of commitment it takes to change lives."
Tom Rollins’ work covers the spectrum from portraiture to fine art, commercial, environmental and abstract photography. His images have been displayed in galleries, museums and private shows and printed in magazines, books and corporate and charitable brochures. Rollins has covered all seven continents working for the travel and maritime industries. For 18 years, he has been the staff photographer for the World Bird Sanctuary. He teaches photography, and spent several semesters sharing his craft with CID students. Rollins’ introduction to the CID students led to the desire to tell the story of their journey. He donated hundreds of hours and a great deal of skill and patience in the completion of CID: A Journey. http://thomasrollinsphotography.com
"What we thought were going to be a few promotional images turned into a whole book," Rollins said. "When I saw the amazing story the students, families, teachers and audiologists had to tell, I couldn’t help but to commit to a larger project. Like everything else at CID, a focused and experienced team made this possible."
Michael Kilfoy designed CID: A Journey. Kilfoy is a designer, illustrator, photographer, writer and natural visual storyteller. His work has won numerous awards and he is the owner and creative director of Studio X, located in the Maplewood arts district. His 2006 bestselling book of photography, St. Louis Seen and Unseen, won a gold medal IPPY Independent Publishers award for the best regional non-fiction book in the Midwest. He has been interviewed on local radio and television, including KWMU’s "Cityscape" and KSDK’s "Show Me St. Louis."
"I have a few very close friends who had the opportunity to go through CID. It was truly a life transforming experience for them," Kilfoy said. "It’s an amazing place and I’m glad to be a part of this wonderful project."
Kilfoy co-wrote the book with Kim Readmond, communications coordinator at CID.