The Carolyn J. Brown Center for the Acquisition of Spoken language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE) is funded through a private/public partnership and is an expansion of the W. Paul Biggers, MD Carolina Children's Communicative Disorders Program (CCCDP). The CCCDP is funded by the state of North Carolina and offers financial assistance to families for hearing aids, FM systems and cochlear implant technology. CASTLE, as part of the CCCDP, works through the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, to provide comprehensive services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The CCCDP/CASTLE office is conveniently located in the Woodcroft Professional Complex.

CASTLE is an OPTIONschool, an organization whose mission is "to advance excellence in oral deaf education by providing services that assist schools and programs to increase their effectiveness, efficiency, and ability to teach children who are deaf listen to talk."  For a list of other Auditory Oral Schools in the US, Canada and overseas, who are part of the OPTIONschools network, click here.

Mission Statement

Providing a quality listening and spoken language program for children with hearing loss; empowering parents as primary teachers and advocates; training and coaching specialists in listening and spoken language.


As is the case in other areas of the country and around the world, the need for qualified, trained professionals in the area of Listening and Spoken Language education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing in the state of North Carolina is growing. CASTLE is the fulfillment of Carolyn J. Brown's dream, a speech-language pathologist and audiologist, to establish a model preschool and early intervention program for the purpose of providing hands-on training opportunities for professionals and university students in the state.

Ms. Brown came to NC in 1993 to direct a new UNC Program, The W. Paul Biggers, MD Carolina Children's Communicative Disorders Program (CCCDP) which included the Cochlear Implant Program. The CCCDP provides financial assistance and services to children who are deaf and hard of hearing in the state of North Carolina. Since that time, this program has implanted more than 600 children and currently follows close to 800 children who have been implanted there and elsewhere. Carolyn quickly recognized the vast need for educational and re-educational opportunities for this state, which had offered only a manual option. CASTLE is one of the many contributions UNC has made to the growth of Listening and Spoken Langauge education opportunities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in North Carolina. Carolyn began seeking funds to provide a model Listening and Spoken Language program in 1999 and the first employee was hired in May of 2001.