Gift OptionsMost families of CID school children receive significant tuition assistance and all benefit from the continued generosity of our many friends in the St. Louis community, across the country and around the world.Thank you for your support!

You Can Change the Life of a Child and Her Family

Through speech and spoken language, our children experience and interact in the world. Your gifts to CID bring the world to children who otherwise may have limited opportunities to communicate and learn, interact and achieve.

CID is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families. We rely heavily on donors to support our world-renowned school where deaf children learn to listen, talk, read and succeed in a predominantly hearing world, without the need for sign language.

In a given year, CID serves more than 150 families. CID turns no hearing-impaired school candidate away for financial reasons. Famillies pay on a sliding fee scale based on income, family size and other measures of need. Most of our families receive significant assistance made possible by the continual support of generous people and businesses in the community.

CID students graduate with the skills necessary to attend schools with hearing children in their own local elementary, middle and high schools, where they typically do well both academically and socially. Most go to college and many pursue professional careers. Meet some CID graduates.


CID welcomes secure online donations. Our organization maintains a strong commitment to keeping our donors’ personal information in the strictest confidence. Review our privacy policy.

You may also make a credit card donation by phone to Melissa Mueller at CID at 314.977.0220. Or write a check payable to Central Institute for the Deaf and send it to the ATTN: Development, Central Institute for the Deaf, 825 South Taylor Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110. Download our printable form.

We are particularly grateful to CID Sponsors, who contribute $1,000 or more every year for current program support. For information about becoming a CID Sponsor, contact Melany Nitzsche at 314.977.0225.

Ongoing Needs

  • General operating support (costs not covered by tuition)
  • Scholarships
  • School art and music programs
  • Literacy program
  • After school enrichment activities
  • Summer school educational program
  • On-site pediatric audiology
  • Outreach to professionals, in-services and consultation
  • Publication development
  • Mainstream education transition assistance
  • Professional development activities for teachers

We thank you for your interest and your support of the children and families who depend on CID.  Please feel free to schedule a tour today to see first-hand the amazing impact your contribution makes on the lives of the children and families we serve.

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