Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida, Inc. will hold a ribbon cutting event along with a presentation of its new mobile audiology services van on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Care A Lot Preschool, 10495 County Line Road in Spring Hill, Hernando County.
The Foundation will also hold a ribbon cutting event and presentation of its new mobile audiology services van on Friday, Sept. 22 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Playcare School Readiness, 215 S. Apopka Avenue in Inverness, Citrus County.
Local politicians have been invited to cut ribbons for the mobile audiology services, joined by Sertoma members and local children from Hernando and Citrus County. The public is invited to attend.
The mobile audiology van will provide pediatric hearing screenings and evaluations along with fitting and dispensing hearing aids. The Foundation’s focus is rural and under-served communities.
The Sertoma Foundation is a part of the Coalition for Spoken Language Options that provides listening and spoken language intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Partnering with the Foundation is the Clarke School for Hearing & Speech and the University of Miami-The Debbie School that provides early intervention and speech therapy with an educational component via center-based and itinerant services.
“This mobile audiology van project was made possible through the dedicated efforts of local legislators and Sertoma Club funders. Private matching funds cover one hundred percent of the cost of the van itself. The audiologist and other professional staffing is financially supported by Department of Health funding, Sertoma clubs throughout Florida and matching grants,” noted Sertoma Foundation Executive Director Debra Golinski.
Hearing Loss is the most common anomaly uncovered in newborn screenings. Early detection and intervention is key for an infant to have the opportunity to access early intervention services including access to speech and other sounds for learning and brain development.
The mission of Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation is to enhance individual potential and quality of life through better hearing.