Funding will expand voice services for transgender individuals

By Clay Parlette,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is pleased to announce it has received a $15,000 grant from the Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation. These funds will support the expansion of voice modification services for the transgender population in and around the central Ohio region.

The transgender voice therapy program, led by Anna Lichtenstein, M.A., CCC-SLP, helps clients improve their quality of life by focusing on voice as an integral component of a person’s identity and expression of self. Personalized therapy sessions teach clients how to manipulate their voice in a healthy manner to reach ideal quality. Sessions also focus on helping clients develop positive attitudes about communication.

“Our daily mission is to help individuals improve communication for life,” said President & CEO James O. Dye. “Many transgender individuals feel dissatisfaction with their voice as it does not accurately reflect their sense of self, which is why we’ve made it our goal to help these individuals find their true voice.”

Individuals interested in learning more about the transgender voice therapy program may call Anna directly at 614-261-5476.

About Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Since its founding in 1923, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center has provided quality, patient-centered care for tens of thousands of people with communication challenges in the Columbus metropolitan area and beyond. The Center offers many unique services in the areas of speech-language pathology, audiology, vocational rehab and community education, and is proud to offer a warm and welcoming environment to all people. For more information, visit

About the Legacy Fund

The Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation is a unique endowment fund created by and for the central Ohio LGBTQIA community. For more than 70 years, the Legacy Fund has made strategic investments in the form of grants to help new and existing organizations become financially sustainable and achieve programmatic excellence, ensuring the LGBTQIA community can face any challenges that confront it—now and for generations to come.