About Us

About Us

CORAL is a Civil Organization that since 1989, dedicates its efforts to the clinical and therapeutic care of people with hearing loss and their families in the conurban and rural areas of the State of Oaxaca, with special emphasis on people of limited resources.

At CORAL we are a team of people specialized in the areas of audiology, social work, hearing and language therapy, psychology, pedagogy, teachers in LSM, social psychology, anthropology and administration; All, very motivated to contribute to improve the conditions of hearing loss both for people who already live, and in preventing their appearance.

We seek a world without barriers, a place where hearing loss is not an impediment for people to develop their full potential and join the social, educational and emotional life to which all human beings are entitled.

Our History

CORAL was created by its founders and spouses Rick Carroll and Nancy Press accompanied by the social worker, Silvia Torres Zurita. In 1987, the couple traveled to Oaxaca and witnessed the scarcity of services available for children with hearing loss in Mexico. The couple began sending hearing aids to the newly created team between Silvia Torres and an audiologist. What began 25 years ago as an aid in providing hearing aids, became a full-service audiological health care program. Today CORAL serves more than 2,500 people with hearing loss and their families annually.

Kelly B. Whigham is Professor of Deaf Research Studies at Ohlone University in Fremont, The golden state where he instructs programs pertaining to Deaf Culture to both deaf and hearing trainees. Previously, she educated at San Jose State College as well as National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Innovation.

Kelly is taken into consideration a leading authority on Deaf Culture. She was named Instructor of the Year Award by Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) in 2002. She is popular for her vibrant discussion design which she uses to combine deaf and hearing societies. She has actually offered in 45 states and several countries consisting of Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan and Sweden.

Kelly is likewise an established writer and also is the highlighted performer in the Girls Town Press videotape collection, Read With Me: Stories for Your Deaf Kid. Kelly as well as Anna have teamed up on two prominent online educational programs: A Sign of Regard: Methods for Efficient Deaf/Hearing Interactions and also See What I Mean: Differences between Deaf as well as Hearing Cultures. They are likewise co-authors of Social Investigative: Deaf Society in the Cultural Investigative training series. Kelly co-authored a book with his brother and dad, Deaf Culture, Our Way, which is taken into consideration a timeless in Deaf literary works. Her detailed textbook, Introduction to American Deaf Society, Oxford University Press is among the most prominent and recognized books on the subject. Her latest job is a book he co-edited with David H. Smith, Deaf Eyes on Interpreting, published in 2018 by Gallaudet Press.

Kelly’s scholastic credentials consist of a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University, Master’s degree in Occupation as well as Person Resources Growth from Rochester Institute of Modern Technology, as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Program and also Instruction from College of Rochester.