Arnie & Corrine Altman – Co-Presidents Elect
Elected candidate will serve from 2006-2008
Arnie and Corrine were married in 1983 and have five very special children: Anthony, Natalie, Jimmy, Brittany, and Nikki… and oh, one special little puppy: “Missy”.
Anthony and Natalie, the first two children of the Altman family, were born profoundly deaf. In the 1980’s Screening for Newborn Hearing was not mandated in Nevada, so Anthony was not diagnosed with hearing loss until16 months and Natalie 9 months. Cochlear Implants on children, at the time, were done very selectively and the Altman children were not candidates. However, Hearing Aids and the Auditory Oral program through the Clark County School District and the Community College Child Development Lab became their selected option.
Arnie and Corrine, and their profoundly deaf children, were fortunate to learn about residual hearing and to have Cathy Cottle and Pam Hansen as some of their first teachers.
Through many years of early childhood development, speech therapy, dedication, support and love… Natalie, and Anthony were fully mainstreamed by third and fourth grade.
They became candidates and received their Cochlear Implants when they were 15 and 13 years old. Anthony went on to attend and graduate from Chaparral HS, as well as, ATTC, where he learned finished carpentry and built many special wood furniture pieces, including a beautiful Grandfather clock. Today, Anthony 22 yrs old works for Office Furniture USA and is an installer and specialist in woodwork. Natalie graduated from Votech High School, with a 3.5 GPA, and earned the Millennium Scholarship. Today Natalie, 20, is a licensed cosmetologist, and attends college in pursuit of a degree in elementary education in hopes of teaching oral deaf children.
Corrine and Arnie were involved for a number of years in Sound Foundation, a parent support group, Seeking Out Unlimited Normal Development for the Hearing Impaired Child, and Corrine served a three-year term as President of that organization.
In 2001, The Altmans along with Senator Terry Care, and Legislators in the Northern Nevada helped write Assembly Bill 250 and testified before the Nevada Assembly, on behalf of the need for early detection. The bill was victorious and The Nevada Newborn Hearing Screening was initiated on January 1, 2002. The law mandates that all hospitals, providing care of newborn children, screen the hearing on all newborns prior to discharge. Arnie and Corrine also started “For HIM” a ministry to the Deaf and Hearing Impaired at Central Christian Church, introducing Real Time Captioning and Scrolled Messages.
In 1981, Arnie and Corrine, started and still own Rainbow Media Productions, Inc. a video production, photography, and event coordination company.