How CHF was started
Ms. Joanna Nichols, an American native, came to Taiwan in 1977 and started a career in international trading. She married Mr. Kenny Cheng in 1983 and co-founded their business. However, the profound hearing-impairment of their daughter, Alana, changed their peaceful lives forever. Through a variety of channels and many visits to renowned doctors all over the world, Alana eventually received her cochlear implant in Australia and started her training in AVT. Now, not only can she speak fluently but effortlessly talks on the phone, and attends a normal school.
In order to provide the same opportunities to other hearing-impaired children in Taiwan, Alana’s parents decided to devote themselves to the charity work of helping hearing-impaired children learn AVT as well as training therapists to make AVT possible throughout Taiwan.
Throughout Taiwan, CHF has established teaching and research centers in Taipei, Kaohsiung, I Lan and Chung Yuan Christian University, respectively. CHF’s Taipei center—the first institution—started in December 1996. In order to minimize the commute for parents and children in the central and southern regions of Taiwan, CHF started its Kao-hsiung center next October. In Oct, 2001, it established I Lan center through partnership with I Lan county government. In 2005, through collaboration with Chung-Yuan Christian University, CHF set up “CHF Research and Training Center” on their university campus. Its focus on integrating clinical based teaching, research and training is a new development milestone for CHF.
The 4 centers in Taiwan have helped more than 3,000 children and their families