Hearing loss is the most common birth defect, affecting three of every 1,000 births. With over 50,000 annual births in the nine counties typically served by CCHAT, newborn hearing screening will identify approximately 150 newborns with significant hearing loss who need to be linked with an early intervention program like CCHAT as quickly as possible. Access to early intervention resources will help mitigate the negative impacts of hearing loss on speech/language acquisition, academic achievement and social/emotional development. Infants with permanent hearing loss benefit in terms of language development from being enrolled very early, before three months of age. CCHAT's student population reveals that deafness crosses all economic and ethnic lines.
Many students are native born while others are from immigrant families whose native language is not English. 22% of CCHAT students do no have English as their home language and 60% of those currently receiving services are considered low to moderate income and benefit from California Children's Services. CCHAT is the only program of its kind serving the greater Sacramento area and Central Valley. The Center's unique network of services supports children with hearing loss and their families from the moment of diagnosis through successful mainstreaming into a typical educational setting. CCHAT's reputation for delivering quality services with consistent outcomes continues to expand.
Since opening in 1996 with 12 students, CCHAT has grown to currently serving over 300 children through its network of center-based programs and mainstream support services. CCHAT Center received its own 501(c)(3) designation on July 15, 2014. Prior to that time, CCHAT worked under the Foundation for Hearing Research, Inc. (FHR) 501(c)(3) designation and FHR had fiscal responsibility for our organization. Foundation for Hearing Research, Inc. was founded in 1967 when eight families organized an auditory/oral program for their profoundly deaf children. The 501(c)(3) was acquired in 1973 under the name Foundation for Hearing Research, Inc. The program grew, hired teachers of the deaf and was given the name Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf (POSD). The name Jean Weingarten was added in 1989 (JWPOSD). The sole purpose of the Foundation for Hearing Research, Inc., at that time, was to give guidance and support to JWPOSD. FHR later became the umbrella and guiding organization for the CCHAT Center-Sacramento.