All children with hearing loss should have the opportunity to learn to listen and speak.


Support the education and rehabilitation of children who are deaf or hard of hearing through professional training, parent empowerment, and public awareness


  1. Support parents in their journey to teach their children to listen, learn, and speak
  2. Train and mentor professionals to deliver world-class, evidence-based, family-centered intervention
  3. Provide special assistance to professionals who want to become Certified Auditory Verbal Therapists (Cert. AVT) or Certified Auditory Verbal Educators (Cert. AVEd)
  4. Consult with education and rehabilitation programs, including hospitals, independent clinics, and training institutes to enhance their services for children with hearing loss

When knowledgeable and skilled professionals partner with parents who are engaged and empowered, they can transform deaf children’s lives by teaching them to communicate effectively with family and friends, succeed in school and extracurricular activities, and reach their full potential.


Uma Gokhale Soman, Ph.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd., is a teacher of the deaf and Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator. She came to the US from Pune, India to obtain specialized training in teaching children with hearing loss to listen and speak. She is certified by the Alexander Graham Bell Academy of Listening and Spoken Language as an Auditory Verbal Educator. She has a PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences for Vanderbilt University. Over the past 12 years she has worked as a teacher of the deaf, consultant, instructor and mentor for teachers of the deaf and speech-language pathologists. In addition to English, Uma speaks Marathi and Hindi. Learn more about Uma’s work and her educational philosophy here.

Ahladhini Rao Dugar, M.E.D., is a teacher of the deaf who was born and raised in Bangalore, India. She came to the US in 1997 to obtain specialized training in teaching children with hearing loss to listen and speak.  She has two separate Bachelor’s degrees (in Science and in Education) from Bangalore University, India and a Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Smith College, MA. She has a California Education Specialist Credential for the Deaf / Hard of Hearing. She has worked with children and parents at Clarke School East, MA, and currently works at the Weingarten Children’s Center, CA.  She has also worked as a consultant with professionals and families in India.  She speaks several Indian languages including Hindi, Kannada,Tamil and Marathi.  Learn more about Ahladhini’s work and her educational philosophy here.