April 23, 2018: Sertoma, Inc. Awards Grant to Provide Advanced Training for Speech-language Therapists

Sertoma, Inc. awards grant to the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind to provide advanced training for speech therapists

SPARTANBURG, SC – The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind is enhancing services for deaf students who have good potential to develop speech and listening skills.

A grant obtained through Sertoma, Inc., with support from Uptown Sertoma Club of Spartanburg, has provided additional training for the school’s eight speech and language therapists. The training will increase therapists’ skills in working with students who use cochlear implants and hearing aids as well as all students with good speech and listening potential.Ruth Ann Hickerson of Sertoma joins in as Glenna Stitt (center) works with student Lillian Moon.

“Students who benefit from assistive hearing devices are ideal candidates for speech and listening training,” said Jolene Madison, special education director at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. “This grant will help us meet the varied communication needs of a diverse student population and complement our focus on American Sign Language. The use of multiple communication modalities has tremendous potential to help students communicate more effectively with both hearing and deaf individuals, increasing their independence and employment opportunities.” 

Currently, 23 of the school’s on-campus students use cochlear implants, electronic devices that help provide a sense of sound to people who are profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing. Another 67 campus students use hearing aids. In addition, the school serves students who use assistive devices in public school districts and homes throughout the state.

Sertoma training manager Carol Moore worked with the school’s foundation to obtain the grant.  “The Uptown Sertoma Club of Spartanburg is excited that once again we were able to support the SC School for the Deaf and Blind as an affiliate under our Adopt-an-Agency program that was established in 1977.  This program is a network of nonprofit, hearing health organizations that share the same mission and goals, helping expand awareness and impacting individuals with communicative disorders.  From our support, the school completed a $5000 grant and received one of 19 grants awarded to organizations across the United States,” she said.  “We are proud to be associated with this outstanding school and of our continued work with them, not only during the past 30 years, but in the future impacting the lives of these students and staff.”

About Sertoma:  Sertomans across the country are unified with a single purpose: serve communities and improve the lives of those who need help. Sertoma’s mission and passion is to improve the quality of life for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support.

About the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation: Founded in 1979 for the sole purpose of working directly with the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind, the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to securing resources that enable the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind to achieve its mission and goals. For more information, visit www.scsdbfoundation.org.

About the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind: Based in Spartanburg, the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind is the state’s specialized school for students who are deaf or blind. It offers pre K-12 educational programs on its main campus in Spartanburg and specialized vision and hearing services in school districts and homes throughout the state. For more information, go to www.scsdb.org .