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September 14, 2010

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September 14, 2010

Besides being on the Board and hearing the wonderful programs that St. Rita school for the Deaf has, it has been most gratifying to hear what parents are saying about the services to their children. While we were waiting for the children to perform at the open house, one parent stated that her 6 year old child couldn't speak one word prior to going to St. Rita's. After being there for 3 months she now has a vocabulary of 50 words. Such enthusiasm of parents whose child is in the apraxia program sells the school to parents who have similar children. St. Rita School for the Deaf has gone beyond working with deaf children. The talents and expertise of the faculty in working with the children in the apraxia program, will be spread internationally. They are packaging this program and will share it by giving professional inservice to other educators and by sharing their program materials with them. This program will go far and wide.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

walking through the corridors of St. Rita School for the Deaf as well as speaking with parents and faculty. This school has a wonderful reputation in working with the deaf.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 14, 2010

St Rita's has been great for my daughter and son. They are 8 months old and are in the Loft I program. My daughter has hearing loss and wears hearing aids. She was constantly pulling the hearing aids off and was falling behind in her speech/listening skills (already at 6 months). After attending St Rita's for a month her speech therapist and aural rehabilitation therapist at Children's Hospital said she was doing great and is right where she should be for a normally developing child. She no longer pulls out her hearing aids (unless she is super tired). They are doing wonderfully and they are learning sign. Without scholarship help from St Rita's they would not be able to attend. Their help and support has been amazing. We have made the decision to stay in Cincinnati because of the school.

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St Rita's also provides sign classes for those in the community. We are taking sign in preparation for our kids learning it. My daughter's hearing loss is genetic and my son may some day have hearing loss. The school is wonderful and helping us prepare

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 14, 2010

I am a parent of a child who is deaf.. St. Rita's is an awesome and wonderful school. They provide what my school district cannot; which is an education. My daughter would not be where she is at today; educationally if it weren't for St. Rita's St. Rita's is a wonderful school. NOt only do they focused on deaf and hard of hearing kids they also focus on hearing kids with apraxia. St. Rita's has a program for kids with apraxia and a sign n say prgram..to benefit hearing kids to. They do a festival, a haunted house, and have events throughout the year. I highly reccommending donating to St. Rita's school for the deaf..and if you cannot donate money or anything along the lines of that, then donate your time and volunteer. thanks for your support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daughter goes to school there. If it wasn't for St. Rita's my daughter would not have the education she needs.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

move it closer to my house.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the education the children receive.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always smiling and very helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

move closer to my house. and also build or add on..something.

Ways to make it better...

St. Rita's will move closer to my house. We live an hour away.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

due to the economy all places and people, business are really suffering finanically.

One thing I'd also say is that...

God will guide us through the hardships if you have faith, trust and believe.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 14, 2010

St. Rita School for the Deaf is a wonderful place for children to learn to communicate, access the academic curriculum, and build social networks while making friends for life. The school provides a safe educational environment for children of all backgrounds to develop confidence in their ability to communicate with deaf and hearing peers with a wide variety of unique characteristics. It's a place where everyone has a place.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching children graduate, go to college and earn a degree in order to pursue their dreams.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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St. Rita School has taught deaf/hard of hearing children for 95 years. For the past 10 years children with apraxia have been students. Apraxia of speech is a neurological disorder impairing nerual pathways making intelligible speech and legible hand writing very difficult and frustrating. Public schools generally are not equipped to handle these students because they require speech and paper/pencil as the primary forms of communication. St. Rita staff has developed a very unique curriculum highly individualized to aid students in overcoming the frustration of not being able to communicate clearly. Sign language is used in conjuction with speech therapy and is the primary communication vhehicle with all students and staff. This aids the not only in educational progress, but emotional and social development as well. The goal of the new non-profit is to become a national resource center for the education of children with communication disorders so we can make available the success the school has had with students with apraxia to other communities nationally.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Not only as a board member, but I am the godfather of a student, Christopher, and have seen him blossom into a happy, sociable, communicative young person (now 14).

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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