A L E T T E R F R O M O U R E X E C U T I V E
D I R E C T O R A N D B O A R D C H A I R
Dear CCHAT supporter,
Whether in-person or via teleservices, CCHAT continues to
strive toward providing the best listening and spoken language
program for children with hearing loss. Following local health
guidelines and regulations, CCHAT students returned to campus
October 5th, 2020, after a month of distance learning. The
homecoming brought joy and a sense of normalcy to our
students, staff and families.
As we move into our 25th school year this fall, we send our
heartfelt THANKS for all you do to help sustain our program.
Our dedicated staff of teachers, speech therapists, aides and
audiologists could not do what we do without your love and
commitment to CCHAT. You are a part of the CCHAT family, and
your support truly makes a life-changing difference today and
With sincere thanks,
Chairperson of the
Board of Directors
For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Kevin
Scifres wanted to do something for the
school where he got his start. The CCHAT
alumni student coordinated an extensive
campus parking lot project -- and the
results are FANTASTIC! Kevin’s project
included the removal of CCHAT’s
hazardous dumpster area, paving the
border of the property and replacing
unsightly shrubs with beautiful palm trees.
Three amazing local companies -- Lund Construction Co., Roebbelen
Construction and Livingston's Concrete -- supported the project,
and the CCHAT community watched in appreciation as the rugged
campus boundary was transformed into a fresh, clean surface that
looks terrific! CCHAT is not only more aesthetically pleasing; it is
now also safer for students, staff and families.
"Discovering your child has hearing loss is a whirlwind of mixed emotions and
uncertainty. It wasn’t until we attended CCHAT that we felt at ease and more
supported. CCHAT opened our eyes to all of the possibilities of our son being able to
hear and speak to us and his brother."
The Miles Family (Tevin)
"Sofia started off with a delay in her speech and language, but as soon
as she arrived at CCHAT, all of that started to change. Thanks to the
dedicated team at CCHAT, Sofia is well on her way to an independent life
where she will be able to communicate with the world with confidence."
The Jahangiri Family (Sofia)
"Our son was born with severe-to-profound hearing loss. We’ve
attended CCHAT since Nico was 3 weeks old in the Baby & Me
program. His language continues to develop. He is speaking in full
sentences and flourishing every day!"
The Borgatti Family (Nico)
"Kate’s been at CCHAT for a year and is absolutely thriving. She is so much
more confident in her ability to communicate with others. I’m so grateful
for the CCHAT community. I see all of their hard work, their dedication and
their love when I look at how much my daughter has grown."
The Nguyen Family (Kate)
BY THE NUMBERS
Approximately 95% of
children who are deaf or
hard of hearing are born to
In the nine counties serviced
by CCHAT, approximately
150 children will be born
with hearing loss every year.
Of CCHAT's student
population, 66% are
racial/ethnic minorities, while
more than 50% are considered
CCHAT is tasked with
raising $10,000 per child
in order to meet the
funding gap not covered
by local education
agencies and districts.
BY THE NUMBERS
During the 2020-2021 school
year, CCHAT served 62
students across seven classes
on its Rancho Cordova campus.
The CCHAT staff included 11
certified Teachers of the Deaf,
who provided mainstream support
services and classroom instruction
to CCHAT students with hearing loss
from Baby & Me class (newborns) to
the Primary class (ages 7-9).
Children from 24 school
districts throughout the
Northern California region
were placed at CCHAT during
the school year.
CCHAT mainstreamed 16
students into their
neighborhood schools. These
children will sit next to their
hearing peers in classrooms
throughout the region.
CCHAT is home to two on-site audiologists to serve its
student population. The audiology department performs
several vital functions, including routine hearing tests and
hearing-assistive technology setup and troubleshooting.
The presence of these professionals ensures that all
CCHAT children with hearing loss have optimal access to
sound throughout the school day.
Additionally, CCHAT is a
registered MediCal/CCS Type C
Communication Disorder Center.
This allows the program to
provide hearing test rescreenings
and diagnostic evaluations to
newborns throughout the
community who fail their initial
inpatient hearing screenings.
During the 2020-2021 school year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic's effect
on referrals and access, CCHAT's Audiology Department totaled...
58 350 200
through CCHAT, private
referrals and ABRs
Device appointments, some
virtually to accommodate
At CCHAT, daily speech therapy sessions are individualized
toward the unique goals of each child. Depending on their
age and present level performance, children at CCHAT may
work on a variety of critical listening and spoken language
objectives including articulation, self advocacy, sound
development, grammatical structures, literacy skills and
CCHAT’s team of speech
therapists, in collaboration with
classroom teachers, consistently
evaluates and adapts their lessons
to meet the needs of each specific
student. Ultimately, CCHAT strives
to help each child with hearing loss
achieve age-appropriate listening,
language and literacy skills.
5 speech-language pathologists
2 speech-language pathology
2 therapists who delivered
bilingual therapy for
4 one-on-one, 30-minute speech
therapy sessions per week
1 group therapy session per week
to work on social curriculum
Teletherapy offered for families
needing a remote option
Julia has been a strong
supporter of CCHAT
since joining the board
in 2012. We wish her all
the best as she moves
CCHAT relies on the generosity of many
community partners. Some local agencies and
organizations that support CCHAT include the
California Highway Patrol, Sac Metro Fire,
Rancho Cordova Police Department, the
Sacramento Kings, Sacramento River Cats and
Sacramento Republic FC.
Drs. Lisa and
Dr. John and
11100 Coloma Road
Rancho Cordova, CA, 95670