About Us

CID’s mission is to teach children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen, talk, read and succeed. We empower families and professionals in St. Louis and worldwide to help children reach their fullest potential.
If you have a role in teaching children from birth to age 12 with hearing loss, you’ve come to the right place. CID has been developing research-based, classroom-trialed practices, educational tools and curricula since the founding of our school and teacher training program in 1914. The roles CID professional development supports include:
  • teachers of the deaf
  • special education / itinerant teachers
  • general education teachers
  • speech-language pathologists
  • auditory-verbal therapists
  • pediatric audiologists
  • early intervention providers
  • program administrators
  • college professors
We aim to help you learn new strategies, teach students effectively and lead your team to new heights. Read our FAQs for professionals for more information. You can also learn about CID’s school by browsing our main site.


In 1914, Max Goldstein, MD, a prominent St. Louis ear, nose and throat physician, set out to do what most people believed impossible: teach deaf children to talk. During postgraduate medical training in Austria, he met Professor Victor Urbantschitsch, who had been working with deaf children in Vienna. This experience became the genesis for Dr. Goldstein’s vision, which included using residual hearing to help children with hearing loss speak intelligibly and achieve independence.


The 19th meeting of the Society of Progressive Oral Advocates, CID courtyard, 1936. Dr. Goldstein founded this organization, which later became the professional section of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.



We have gathered these leaders in the field of deaf education to gain their insights as we strive to develop the most effective and relevant programs and tools for professionals.

Shirin Antia, Ph.D.
University of Arizona

Christina Borders, Ph.D.
Illinois State University

Caroline Guardino, Ph.D.
University of North Florida

Maria Hartman, Ph.D., M.A.
Teachers College, Columbia University

Rebecca Jackson, Ph.D.
Minnesota Department of Education

Susan Lenihan, Ph.D., CED
Fontbonne University

John Luckner, Ed.D.
University of Northern Colorado

Connie Mayer, Ed.D.
York University

Jenna Voss, Ph.D., CED
Fontbonne University

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