April is Volunteer Appreciation Month. Within the hearing healthcare field, there are many professionals who generously give their time and expertise to help people with hearing loss – both nationally and internationally.
“Volunteering in Vietnam with The Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss has been a life changing opportunity for me. Taking my skills and knowledge and sharing it across the globe has been humbling, uplifting, enlightening, empowering and educational. Working with teachers and families that are forever grateful for the work I have been able to do with their children is true fuel to broaden work I do in the US and abroad.” ~Erin Thompson, Listening and Spoken Language Specialist
For the past twenty years, the Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at the University of North Carolina has provided professional training to the State’s residents in order to increase access to appropriate listening and spoken language therapy for children with hearing loss. UNC has become a leader in professional training in listening and spoken language therapy and holds an annual in-house training, the Carolina Summer Institute.
This expertise has transcended to volunteering with the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss. Since 2012, five of UNC’s Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (Hannah Eskridge, Sandra Hancock, Lillian Henderson, Chrissy Kramer, and Erin Thompson) have made multiple trips to either Vietnam or Ecuador to help aspiring therapists, families and educators learn the techniques and strategies of Listening and Spoken Language. The experiences abroad have helped the therapists at UNC Children’s Cochlear Implant Center become even more effective at training and coaching at home.
The mission of the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss is to help children who are deaf or hard of hearing living in developing countries access the early identification, hearing technology, and locally based trained professionals they need to reach their full potential.
To learn more about the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss, click here.
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