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Giving deaf kids with cochlear implants the freedom to just be kids.
Giving deaf kids with cochlear implants the freedom to just be kids.
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Co·amplify: Cochlear Implant Clothing & Learning Tools

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Co·amplify is creating products that give deaf kids with cochlear implants the freedom to just be kids.

Our mission is to develop products that make life easier and more fun for deaf and hard of hearing children who use cochlear implants and other auditory assistive technology. We can help them forget about their equipment reliances, enhance their lives, and make them more comfortable, while supporting and protecting the technology that so wonderfully gives them access to sound.  

We are Meghan Carey and Sean Wilkinson, co-founders of co·amplify and parents to Percy, who was born profoundly deaf and has used cochlear implants to hear since he was 12 months old. We are designers by trade, and decided to launch co·amplify to share some of the solutions we've come up with to make our lives easier since Percy received his bionic ears. 

This Kickstarter campaign reflects our first round of products. We've consulted with doctors, audiologists, speech therapists, and teachers of the deaf to create these practical goods, and we've filed patent paperwork for our proprietary innovations. We're excited to continue to learn as Percy grows, and to keep creating new products that support kids like him.

All of our products are designed and manufactured here in Maine, supporting other local artisans and their families. 

The product that started it all for us was this Safe & Snug Winter Bomber Hat. We had a hard time keeping any hat on Percy's head when he was first implanted — one-year-olds are squirmy! In addition, the cochlear implants require a magnetic connection to the internal device, so all that squirming tended to knock the equipment off, which meant we were often left choosing to not go out into the Maine winter, because if Percy was warm, he didn't have hearing. If he had hearing, he wasn't warm. 

Safe & Snug Hat with Advanced Bionics Neptune Cochlear Implants in place.
Safe & Snug Hat with Advanced Bionics Neptune Cochlear Implants in place.

Meghan worked with her mom to design a hat that we knew we could keep on his head, with ear flaps for extra warmth and a soft tie under the chin for secure fit. Most importantly, it had a snug pocket lined with thin material on each side that we could slide his equipment into. This pocket ensured the perfect combination of secure connection and warmth we were looking for. To bring the idea to this final stage, we worked with a kids clothing designer to refine the design and fit, and tested it with numerous kids and different implant manufacturers. We're very excited to think that come this winter, a lot more kids with cochlear implants can go outside, be warm, and hear the world around them. 

Ling 6 Sounds Wooden Animal Playset (Shhh... they're sleeping)
Ling 6 Sounds Wooden Animal Playset (Shhh... they're sleeping)

The second item we designed was the Ling 6 Sounds Wooden Animal Playset. Our teacher of the deaf was an amazing resource for us, but she didn't exactly have the most amazing resources at her disposal. The Ling Sounds (AH, EE, OO, MM, SS, SH) were instrumental in teaching Percy to speak, but she was left to scrounge for teaching toys at the dollar store... little rubber snakes, a big wooden plane, a metal fire truck... it wasn't ideal. We thought it would be helpful for parents, teachers, audiologists, and other people in these childrens' lives to have a beautiful, consistent, well designed set of toys to represent these sounds. 

Part of the success of teaching these young kids is the ability to make lessons into games, so we designed the set to have an awake side and an asleep side. The animals represent one each of 5 of the sounds. Putting them 'into bed' and sliding the colorful quilt cover over them encourages the kids to say "SHHH," the sixth sound. 

Tote Bags & Mugs — just like public radio!
Tote Bags & Mugs — just like public radio!

We realize that these are niche products for a small subset of the population, but as more and more children born deaf are implanted at younger and younger ages (more than 80% of all kids born deaf, often at 11 to 12 months of age), it's becoming more likely you know someone with cochlear implants, or are aware of the technology. We've added some rewards to the campaign for those who want to support but might not need the hat or the toys, like a tote bag, a mug, or a drawing from Mr. P himself. 

Angler Fish & Shark from Percy's aquatic obsessed brain
Angler Fish & Shark from Percy's aquatic obsessed brain

We also want to make it easy for anyone to donate a hat, or a playset, or multiple hats or playsets to local audiologists offices, childrens' hospitals, or schools for the deaf. We've added a donation option for each item, and we will happily include a note with your name with the donation if you would like. We can make the donation to a facility in your area, or we will gladly support the resources here in Maine and Massachusetts that have been so good to us, like Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary, Maine Child Development Services, and the Percival Baxter School for the Deaf. 

Thank you for your time and consideration. We're excited to launch Co·amplify into the next phases of reality, and your participation would be immensely helpful. 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risks at this stage are the costs of manufacturing small quantities of the items and getting this campaign in front of enough interested parties given the specialized nature of the products.

The good news for the first concern is that we're simply looking to make enough of these first products to fund the next round of development. We're not looking to make huge profit margins or end up making 100,000 units of anything. We're putting quantity caps on the products so that we can make sure our fabricators have the time and bandwidth to deliver our products on time to our valued backers.

Should we sell out of our products before the campaign ends, we will check in with our fabricators, get the initial production runs started, and if they can handle more units, we will add stretch goals to make more products available to pre-order. We hope that's a 'problem' we need to face!

In terms of sharing this campaign widely enough to reach the right number of people, we're currently building up our online presence, and we're working with local SEO and social media experts to target and reach the right audiences. There are tens of thousands of children born deaf every year. 90 percent of those kids are born to hearing parents. 80 percent of those kids will pursue cochlear implantation. That's a lot of kids who will need winter hats, summer hats, learning toys, and other products that we hope to create.

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    Our sincere thanks!

    We appreciate every dollar towards making our project a reality. Thank you!

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    Thank You Note + A Drawing from Percy

    Percy loves to draw, and we'd love to send you a thank you note! We will write you a quick note and Percy will cook up some sweet doodles for you. Be warned — it's mostly sharks, angler fish, and obscure dinosaurs these days.

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    Co·amplify Logo Mug

    Drink your morning coffee (or tea) with a reminder that you helped out kids with cochlear implants! High quality ceramic mug in Co·amplify orange with our stacked logo printed large across the front.

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    Ling 6 Sounds Animals Tote

    We applied Meghan's Ling 6 illustrations to a handsome and handy tote bag. Natural Canvas with a gusseted bottom, printed in two colors. Great for the farmers' market, grocery shopping, or general daily toting.

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    EarlyBird! Safe & Snug Winter Bomber Hat

    Save $10 off the final retail price of $40 by being one of the first 15 people to order the Safe & Snug Winter Bomber Hat! Sized to fit most kiddos up to about age 2, the hat is soft, stretchy, and charcoal grey with pockets for cochlear implant coils and processors. Each pocket is lined with a thin, warm material to ensure connection while holding equipment safely in place. Made in Portland, Maine.

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    Safe & Snug Winter Bomber Hat

    The Safe & Snug Winter Bomber Hat is Sized to fit most kiddos up to about age 2, the hat is soft, stretchy, and charcoal grey with pockets for cochlear implant coils and processors. Each pocket is lined with a thin, warm material to ensure connection while holding equipment safely in place.

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    Early Bird! Ling 6 Wooden Animal Playset

    Be one of the first 15 orders and save $10 off the final retail price of the Ling 6 Sounds Animals Playset! This set features 5 cute animals representing 'AH,' 'OO,' 'EE,' 'SS,' and 'MM,' printed on both sides of thick wooden blocks. One side is awake, and one side asleep, and tucking them into their box with the colorful quilt cover in place is part of the play to say SHH... Custom manufactured and printed with non-toxic materials in Portland, Maine.

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    Ling 6 Wooden Animals Playset

    This set features 5 cute animals representing 'AH,' 'OO,' 'EE,' 'SS,' and 'MM,' printed on both sides of thick wooden blocks. One side is awake, and one side asleep, and tucking them into their box with the colorful quilt cover in place is part of the play to say SHH... Custom manufactured and printed with non-toxic materials in Portland, Maine.

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    Donate Two Hats or One Playset

    We understand that you might not know anyone who needs these goods, but maybe you'd like to support Co·amplify anyway. First of all, thank you! For your $75 pledge, we will send two Safe & Snug hats or one Ling 6 Sounds Playset to a support institution of your choosing, or our choice if you don't have a preference. Our journey has been through Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Maine Child Development Services, and the Percival Baxter School for the Deaf in Maine. We will happily include a note with your donation if you like, and we'll send you a receipt for tax purposes plus a Thank You note from us and Percy.

    We're planning to prioritize production and shipping for direct sales to hit the 2018 winter holidays, so donations may be delivered closer to February, 2019. If you have a specific gift request, please don't hesitate to send us a note.

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    One of Everything!

    A personal thank you note and drawing! A mug! A tote! A hat! A playset! This is the whole shebang, and we'd be excited to send it off to you. We'll also call you out on social media (unless you ask us not to), for being such an awesome supporter.

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    • Ling 6 Sounds Tote Bag
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    One of Everything! Again!

    A personal thank you note and drawing! A mug! A tote! A hat! A playset! This is the whole shebang, and we'd be excited to send it off to you. We'll also call you out on social media (unless you ask us not to), for being such an awesome supporter.

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    Donate 3 Items, get bonuses!

    Purchase 3 items — your choice of hats or playsets — for yourself, or donate them, and we will send them along with a note with a custom drawing, and send you a tax receipt. We will also send you our Co·amplify mug and tote, we'll give you a shout out on social media (unless you tell us not to), and we'll send you a VIP invite to the Co·amplify launch party!

    We're planning to prioritize production and shipping for direct sales to hit the 2018 winter holidays, so donations may be delivered closer to February, 2019. If you have a specific gift request, please don't hesitate to send us a note.

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    • Ling 6 Sounds Tote Bag
    • Co·amplify Logo Mug
    • Social Media Shout Out
    • VIP Invite to the Co·amplify Launch Party
    • Three Ling 6 Sounds Playsets
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    Donate 5 Items, get bonuses!

    Purchase 5 items — playsets or hats — for yourself, or donate them, and we will send them along with a note, and send you a tax receipt and a thank you with a custom drawing. We will also send you our Co·amplify mug and tote, we'll give you a shout out on social media (unless you tell us not to), and we'll send you a VIP invite to the Co·amplify launch party!

    We're planning to prioritize production and shipping for direct sales to hit the 2018 winter holidays, so donations may be delivered closer to February, 2019. If you have a specific gift request, please don't hesitate to send us a note.

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    • Thank You Note with Custom Drawing
    • Ling 6 Sounds Tote Bag
    • Co·amplify Logo Mug
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    • VIP Invite to the Co·amplify Launch Party
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    Donate 5 Hats & 5 Playsets, get bonuses!

    Purchase 5 playsets and 5 hats for yourself, or donate them, and we will send them along with a note, a special drawing from Percy, and send you a tax receipt and a thank you. We will also send you our Co·amplify mug and tote, we'll give you a shout out on social media (unless you tell us not to), and we'll send you a VIP invite to the Co·amplify launch party!

    We're planning to prioritize production and shipping for direct sales to hit the 2018 winter holidays, so donations may be delivered closer to February, 2019. If you have a specific gift request, please don't hesitate to send us a note.

    Includes:
    • Thank You Note with Custom Drawing
    • Ling 6 Sounds Tote Bag
    • Co·amplify Logo Mug
    • Social Media Shout Out
    • Personal Thank You Note
    • VIP Invite to the Co·amplify Launch Party
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    Founder Status

    This is the real deal, and we would be honored to welcome you into the Co·amplify family. This pledge includes 10 playsets and 10 hats, which we will gladly send to you or send along to any recipient with a note, and we'll send you a tax receipt and a thank you with a drawing from Percy. We will also send you our Co·amplify mug and tote, we'll give you a shout out on social media (unless you tell us not to), and we'll send you a VIP invite to the Co·amplify launch party! We will also give you a special mention on our website, and would love to hear your ideas on additional projects that can bring Co·amplify into the future!

    We're planning to prioritize production and shipping for direct sales to hit the 2018 winter holidays, so donations may be delivered closer to February, 2019. If you have a specific gift request, please don't hesitate to send us a note.

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    • Thank You Note with Custom Drawing
    • Ling 6 Sounds Tote Bag
    • Co·amplify Logo Mug
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    • 10 playsets and 10 hats
    • Special Recognition on Website
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Funding period

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