BENEFITING: Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
EVENT DATE: May 10, 2012
Tell the world you BELIEVE...
Children with hearing loss can learn to listen, talk, and succeed in school and in life, and they should be given every opportunity to do so.
Fourteen years ago Jack was diagnosed with a profound hearing loss and the world changed forever. Diverted from a path that had been carefully planned, we found ourselves on a new route that was terrifying in its unfamiliarity. Tears were shed over once bright dreams that now seemed beyond our grasp, beyond hope.
In fact, we have been exceedingly lucky. Jack’s early diagnosis, early fitting with appropriate aids, and early access to essential therapeutic services, allowed us to dream again. Because we had the support and guidance of the teachers and therapists at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, and the love and encouragement of our family and friends, Jack’s future is one of boundless possibilities.
The depth and breadth of my pride in Jack isn’t easily measured. Before he was 18 months old, he was spending hours with his speech therapists turning “o” into “o-en” into “open” and “m” into “mo” into “more”. Jack is fifteen and soon to be a high school freshman. Last year, the little boy I feared would spend a life in silence, had the lead role in his school play. He didn’t miss a line. Last month, my friend told me that, a few days earlier, Jack had greeted her with a hug, saying “Paula, I haven’t seen you in ages! How are you?”
The tears shed now are of gratitude. I know that if Jack has the will and the desire, there is nothing he can’t accomplish. His success is rooted in the love and support he has received from family and friends and is grounded in the solid foundation he received during his years at Clarke.
Clarke believes that children with hearing loss can learn to listen, talk, and succeed in school and in life, and that they should be provided every opportunity to do so. Jack is a living, breathing, and talking testament to their powerful and empowering mission.
This spring, Clarke launched their “Be HEARD” campaign. Clarke has asked their families, friends and staff to spread the word that for the second (and last) time, an anonymous foundation will match all gifts from new donors at a rate of 2:1 and gifts from previous donors will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
If you are interested in supporting Clarke, you can make a donation
By mail: Central Development Office, 47 Round Hill Road, Northampton, MA 01060-2199
By phone: 413-584-3450