Audiologist helping children in Haiti.
Carrie Spangler, a lead educational audiologist at the Summit Educational Service Center (SESC), is spending July 6-13 in Haiti on a mission trip designed to assist children at The Haiti Deaf Academy and Haiti Deaf Children’s home, where 54 children with hearing loss receive education, food, clothing and support.
She and her team will be screening children for hearing loss, rechecking hearing aids and identifying early hearing identification partnerships. This is Spangler’s second year participating in the project; her first trip was in June 2015.
“It’s my goal to bring hope to the children with hearing loss and help them see that they are valuable and that they can reach their future goals,” said Spangler. “If I can plant the seed of hope in one or many child(ren) with hearing loss, I feel that transformational change has been made.”
Spangler is pictured below in the center surrounded by children from the Academy during her 2015 trip.
The Haiti Deaf Academy is a nonprofit organization striving to educate, employ, empower and encourage so that every Haitian child with hearing loss may know and reach their potential, according to SESC officials. The academy accepts donations to support its mission and assist the teams to make frequent visits to assist, educate and provide resources. For more information or to donate to the Haiti Deaf Academy, visit www.haitideafacademy.com.
Image credit: Summit Educational Service Center
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