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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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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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2010

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September 14, 2010

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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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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