Quote #3: "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." - Alexander Graham Bell

Annual Appeal

Support students like Eldar and Zeyne!

Learning to listen and speak is an arduous journey for children with hearing loss. Each child approaches it one step at a time, and at DePaul School, students receive the individualized instruction needed to successfully navigate this often difficult path. As one of only two schools in the country providing Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) education through 8th grade, DePaul has become a beacon of hope for families needing extended access to an LSL program for their child.

Your gift supports students like Eldar and Zeyne, whose family’s journey to DePaul began nearly 5,000 miles away.

Eldar--DePaul StudentEldar was born with profound hearing loss in Russia. Although he had the best care available, he did not have access to sound until he was three years old. Making matters worse, hearing aids were not sufficient, and no doctors in Russia could perform cochlear implant surgery. A year later, his family was offered a chance to relocate to Florida, and by the time he was six, Eldar received his first cochlear implant (and the second when he was eight). Learning to speak was very important for his family, because they only spoke Russian when they arrived in the US, and the thought of learning English and then sign language was simply overwhelming.

In the meantime, when Eldar’s younger brother Zeyne was born, he was found to have severe hearing loss. His intervention began right away and plans were made for him to enroll in the local LSL school when the family was informed that Eldar had aged out of the program. But with such a late start on listening and speaking, Eldar required additional intensive LSL training—mainstream education was not going to cover that need. After a long search, they knew they had found a new home for the boys at DePaul School. They relocated to Pittsburgh in 2011 and have seen great advances in language for both Eldar and Zeyne.

Zeyne--DePaul Student


Their mother, Natela, has this to share about DePaul School:
“DePaul School has been such a great place for Eldar and Zeyne because the teachers and staff really care—they advocate for the kids like they are their own, and they treat every one of us like family. I won’t ever find the right words to properly thank them for what they have meant to us.”

Since 1908, DePaul School has been teaching children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen, speak and learn without the use of sign language. They gain the skills needed to transition into regular public education classrooms alongside their peers with typical hearing.

Your donation helps to prepare students like Eldar and Zeyne for a successful and independent future.

Now is the moment. If you haven’t yet made an annual gift to DePaul School, give now to help provide the gift of hearing and speech to children like Maddie who are deaf or hard of hearing.

With gratitude,


Ruth G. Auld, EdD
Executive Director

PS. To give the gift of hearing and speech to children like Eldar and Zeyne, click here to make a donation online or call 412-924-1025.

Tip #1: Singing provides a good sense of rhythm, and the tone helps children with hearing loss recognize the melody in speech.