Same place, more money for clinic

12:25:31 PM CDT - Monday, May 09, 2005

By Shannon Littlejohn

Although the department of communication sciences and disorders is moving, its Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic will continue its work at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex. The clinic serves children and adults with communication difficulties.

Now, it will also be able to expand its service to children, thanks to a recent gift from the Scottish Rite, which began a partnership with the clinic more than four years ago.

The $100,000 gift from the Kansas Scottish Rite Foundation, which has already generously supported the clinic, will help children with communication disorders who might not otherwise receive the services needed to become successful communicators. In 2004 alone, 125 children received support from RiteCare; that's 1,473 treatment and evaluation sessions provided.

With this gift, the Scottish Rite Foundation made a commitment to a minimum of $20,000 a year for the clinic for five years. The funds will help increase the scholarships available to support children, improve and expand equipment, and enhance the language-based preschool program offered through the clinic.

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