HOUSE EAR INSTITUTE HOSTS CAMP FOR DEAF KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Kids Enjoy Weekend of Fun and Personal Growth
at Special Camp
LOS ANGELES -- May 24, 2005 -- Several Los Angeles-area organizations
will visit deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families at a
weekend camp offered by the House Ear Institute. Family Camp is offered
as a forum for sharing feelings, comparing family experiences and
exchanging information. The children enjoy activities in arts, crafts,
safety, dance expression, nature and sports in a supportive atmosphere
that fosters growth, self-awareness and communication, while parents
attend panel discussions that help families cope with various issues in
raising a child with a hearing loss.
An alumni player from the Los Angeles Dodgers will offer words of
inspiration to the kids and a few baseball pointers on the sports field.
Other special attractions at camp this year include the Wildlife
Waystation, which will introduce campers to interesting wild birds and
animals, the Aquarium of the Pacific will bring their touch tank
aquarium, the American Medical Response paramedics will teach emergency
first aid skills, the Ventura County Fire Department will provide fire
safety demonstrations, and "Dorothy" from The Wizard of Oz will lead
for the younger kids. The House Ear Institute's 20th Anniversary
Caring" Family Camp will be held at Camp Hess Kramer from June 3-5 in
the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains overlooking North Malibu.
"While other programs address the needs of children with hearing loss,
our Family Camp programs help to foster coping and communication skills
as well as introduce educational resources that can influence a child's
development," said Marilee Potthoff, director of marketing, HEI. "We
thank the Ann Peppers Foundation, Lied Foundation, Lon V. Smith
Foundation, Jelly Belly Candy Company and the Los Angeles Associates of
the House Ear Institute for making this experience available to these
special families in the Los Angeles area."
About the House Ear Institute
The House Ear Institute (HEI) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization dedicated to advancing hearing science through research and
education to improve quality of life. HEI scientists are exploring the
causes of auditory disorders at the cellular and molecular level as well
as the complex relationship between the ear and brain, and refining the
application of auditory implants, diagnostic techniques and hearing
aids. For more information please call (213) 483-4431 or visit the Web
site at www.hei.org.