ABOUT US

MISSION AND VISION

Our vision is to have a world where every child that is hard of hearing is availed all of the attention and resources that their individual circumstance requires.

Katie’s Hear to Help is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana dedicated to providing children who are hard of hearing with the technology and resources necessary to live full and happy lives.

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KATIE'S STORY

“Our daughter Katie has been hard of hearing since birth. In the last 2 years, she began to lose more and more of her hearing, which necessitated the purchase of more and more powerful hearing aids. After we paid nearly $4000.00 for Katie’s third set of hearing aids, we wondered how we would be able to afford them if we were not in a positive financial situation. When we inquired as to what would happen if a family could not afford the proper hearing aids for their child, we were told ‘There are not many options. If a family cannot afford the hearing aids, some go without or purchase something cheaper and not recommended.’

That statement broke our hearts. In the next few days, we began to discuss the dramatic impact that something as simple as hearing aids can have on the life of a deaf or hard of hearing child. With hearing aids, Katie takes dance and acting lessons and attends school in a typical mainstream classroom in our community. She is able to communicate with us and others around her. We cannot imagine her life without them. With those thoughts, we decided to start a foundation to help find and distribute funding that will help parents provide the absolute necessities for their deaf or hard of hearing child.”

– Chris and Kelly DiBenedetto, Founders

AREAS OF WORK

HEARING AID PURCHASES

We provide funding for new hearing aid purchases for those who need assistance.

ADVOCACY

Katie's Hear to Help has advocated in Indiana legislature for hearing aid support for the deaf and hard of hearing.

HEARING AID FITTINGS, EXAMS, AND OTHER EQUIPMENT

We provide funding to families for other necessities, such as exams, ear molds, and repairs.

INDIVIDUAL CHILD SUPPORT

Katie's Hear to Help has helped ensure that children in Indiana schools who are deaf & hard of hearing have appropriate placement, services, and accommodations in the classroom.

ADVISORY BOARD

Our board is comprised of dedicated individuals who are passionate about the cause of giving children the ability to hear.

  • Chris & Kelly DiBenedetto
    • Katie DiBenedetto
    • Christopher DiBenedetto
  • Jenny Godby
  • Jason Godby
  • Michele Adamo Prifogle
  • Larry Mitsch
  • Shireen Haffeez
  • Jill St. Claire
  • Hillary Reid
  • Kris Kingery
  • Brett Bussell
  • Oksana Bussell
  • Mary Susan Buhner
  • Susan Rardin