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Meet the transdisciplinary team that’s here to serve your family’s Autism diagnostic needs

By Clay Parlette,

The diagnostic team at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center’s Autism Diagnostic Clinic knows that every child and every family has their own unique questions, situations and needs. That’s why the team at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center consists of 6 Autism specialists from 4 professional areas of expertise. Together, with a holistic understanding of what a diagnosis means for a family, the team is here to offer the resources, recommendations and support that will be appropriate in navigating the next steps of the process.

Our team understands the complexities your family may be going through, which is why our approach is not a “one and done” solution that other clinics may offer. With years of experience in working with children on the Autism Spectrum, our team can help your family ensure your child succeeds in school and receives the necessary speech-language therapy or other support he or she needs. Meet our team below!

Diagnostic Team:

Jennifer Sami, B.S

Family Advocate

Jennifer Sami is a graduate of Capital University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  She has seventeen years of experience working in non-profit management and program development. Her professional experience includes over a decade of service to diverse populations with agencies including Faith Mission and Southeast, Inc.   Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Family Promise of Delaware County.  Jennifer has been a Certified Bridges Out of Poverty instructor since 2013.   She is a mother of four and lives with her husband and family in Grandview Heights, Ohio.

 Julie Johnson, M.S.,
CCC-SLP

Speech-Language
Pathologist

Julie joined Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in 1998 and is an Assistant Director overseeing the Center’s group therapy and clinical mentoring programs. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Speech Pathology from Bowling Green State University in 1998 and Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from B.G. in 1995.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Julie’s areas of expertise include diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders in children with a variety of speech, language and communication challenges with an emphasis in serving the birth to three population as well as those children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.

Leslie Terrell, M.S.,
CCC-SLP

Speech-Language
Pathologist

Leslie joined the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in 2006. She earned her Master in Science of Speech Pathology from Loyola College of Maryland in 2006 and received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio University in 2004. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.  Leslie’s areas of expertise include individual and group services for pediatrics, with an emphasis in serving the birth to three population and children on the Autism Spectrum. She helped create and implement the Community Experience Program which helps children learn how to be socially successful within their community. 

Sandra Webster, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Sandra Webster obtained her doctorate at the University of New Hampshire, Durham and received additional training in clinical psychology through the Fielding Graduate University.

Dr. Webster opened her private practice in 2014 in the Westerville area, working with children and adults on the Spectrum and children and adults with anxiety disorders and depression. Play therapy for children is a central component of her practice as well as ongoing therapy for both children and adults on the Spectrum.  Dr. Webster’s practice includes professional assessment and diagnosis for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (children and adults), and learning disabilities. She hosts bi-monthly meetings for adults diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (a high functioning autism).

Sara Boggs, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Sara joined Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in 2006.  She earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathologist from the University of Akron in 2006 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004 from The Ohio State University.  She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Sara’s areas of expertise include treatment of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders, pragmatic language disorders, early language delays, and hearing impairments.  She helped create and implement the Community Experience Program which helps children learn how to be socially successful within their community. 

Terri Heaphy M.S. OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Terri is a licensed occupational therapist and earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1995, specializing in Birth to Three population and her Bachelor of Science degree in 1983, both at The Ohio State University.  Terri founded Journeys, LLC, a private practice specializing in working with children from birth to young adulthood with a variety of developmental, learning and behavioral challenges, including children on the Autism Spectrum. Terri has experience working in an outpatient community center, providing individual, group and co-treatment services. In addition, Terri has provided consultative services to therapists, teachers, professional colleagues and parents in home-based, early intervention and school based settings. Terri’s areas of expertise include sensory integration, therapeutic listening, reflex integration, motor coordination, neurodevelopmental treatment, neurovascular integration, and feeding. 

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center receives $100k grant to improve Audiology services

By Clay Parlette,

Audiologist Lisa Richmond (right) consults with a patient about the options available to him to treat hearing loss.

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (the Center) is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from The Columbus Foundation, with special support from the Albert J. and Eve G. Pfeiffer Fund of The Columbus Foundation. These funds will support the Audiology & Hearing Aid Services program at the Center, allowing for a state-of-the-art upgrade in audiological testing equipment.

“We’re very proud to be the leading provider of hearing healthcare in central Ohio,” said Director of Audiology & Hearing Aid Services Dr. Karen Mitchell, “This grant allows our audiologists access to state-of-the-art equipment so we may continue to provide the highest quality services with personalized care and support.”

The Center estimates that roughly one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss―a condition that can lead to additional concerns like depression and dementia in older adults. The equipment upgrade allows audiologists at the Center to have access to the latest in audiological technology, ensuring the best and most up-to-date support for more than 3,500 audiology clients who receive services at the Center each year. Columbus Speech & Hearing Center continues to strive to be the recognized leader providing personalized service and caring attention to help the people it serves achieve their full potential.

“The Columbus Foundation has been a strong and consistent partner for the Center for many years,” said the Center’s President & CEO James O. Dye. “We’re grateful to have such meaningful support that allows us to make the most impact on our community.”

About Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

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

About The Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation is the trusted philanthropic advisor® to more than 2,000 individuals, families, businesses, and communities that have created unique funds to make a difference in the lives of others through the most effective philanthropy possible. Serving the region for 70 years, The Columbus Foundation is the seventh largest community foundation in the United States. The Foundation’s online giving marketplace, PowerPhilanthropy®, makes it possible for everyone to access valuable information about nonprofit organizations in central Ohio.

The Foundation’s GIVING STRENGTH framework informs its competitive grantmaking program. Through it, the Foundation seeks to impact a broad spectrum of community needs to improve the quality of life for central Ohioans.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center announced as recipient of grant from Ingram-White Castle Foundation

By Clay Parlette,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (CSHC) is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation of The Columbus Foundation. These funds will support the Speech Therapy Early Intervention program at the Center, which provides individual therapy for children with communication disorders, and group treatment which focuses on social emotional learning and development opportunities for children. Both programs are essential components in ensuring children can successfully participate in academic and social settings.

True to its mission of unlocking potential for individuals with communication and vocational challenges through all stages of life, the Speech Therapy Early Intervention program provides critical speech-language and social support for children with speech delays and other communication disorders. The grant helps CSHC continue to provide these critical services for all children, including those from households who rely on donor and grant support.

“Approximately one in three families who receive speech therapy services from us rely on community support,” said CSHC President & CEO James O. Dye. “This generous grant from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation ensures we can continue to provide those critical services for the children of central Ohio.”

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 www.columbusspeech.org.

About the Ingram-White Castle Foundation

The Ingram-White Castle Foundation, which was founded in 1949, is still operated by the Ingram Family today. The Foundation’s mission is to provide physical, educational, emotional and spiritual nourishment to those who hunger for knowledge, independence and self-sufficiency. Recognizing that everyone benefits when we lend a helping hand to those who currently cannot help themselves, the Foundation invests with stewardship, seeking significant impact for those who yearn for a better life. The Foundation has awarded over $22 million in grants to support programs that serve disadvantaged students and help them achieve academic success.

How to get the most out of toy time

By Clay Parlette,

A trip to the toy store isn’t so simple (or cheap) these days. Parents and kids are flooded with nearly every kind of toy imaginable—from trucks with loud sirens, dolls that talk, balls that flash, and tablets that do everything under the sun. Sometimes these toys can be fun, but they’re not always worth the expense. And noisy toys in particular can be sneaky hazards to young children’s hearing health.

The most important function of toys is to allow children to express themselves, use their imagination and discover new things. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of toy time with your kids.

  • Pick toys without batteries, lights and sounds.

Research shows children communicate less when playing with electronic toys.

  • Find or make toys that your child is interested in and play at their level.

Some children like to taste toys. Some like to put things inside containers and some like to pretend.

  • Be flexible!

Toys can be used in a lot of different ways—not just how they were made to be used. Let them put blocks in the microwave, throw stuffed animals in the air, or put Mr. Potato Head parts in the wrong places.

  • Sometimes the best toys are household or outside objects.

Strainers can be fun bath toys or be used to put dry spaghetti in. Laundry baskets can be used as a car, boat or a place to hide under. Leaves can be blankets for a doll, and pine cones and sticks can be drumsticks.

  • Have fewer toys available.

Research shows that when there are fewer toys available to a child, they become more creative in finding different ways to play. It also increases their attention span. Rotate a new set of toys every month or two to change it up. Also, be aware that things like background TV noise can decrease attention to toys.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By Clay Parlette,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”

 

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

 

“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.”

 

“Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said President & CEO James O. Dye. “We want to spread the important message that we value all perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities.”

 

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center works every day via its Careers for People with Disabilities (CPD) program to help individuals living with disabilities to find meaningful employment. Last year, the program helped place 88 individuals at 77 different companies.

 

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting www.dol.gov/ndeam.

Our Speech Therapists’ Five Favorite Picture Books for Kindergarteners

By Clay Parlette,

Ding dong! Is that the bell? The school bell? Classes are starting across the country and that includes your kindergartener who you can’t believe is growing up so fast. Luckily there’s never a bad time to make a trip to the library or bookstore to find new books to enjoy with your child. Here are the five titles loved the most by our speech-language pathologists, with some tips on how to make reading time more educational for each one.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The iconic story of this snackin’ caterpillar is one that kids of all ages remember and enjoy. Not only does the book introduce children to the basics of a caterpillar’s lifestyle, it also includes many fun examples of food vocabulary that you can practice with your child. See if they can point out “strawberry,” “pickle,” or “plum.” This story is also great for sequencing, with its use of days of the week, and counting, with its use of numbers for each type of food that the caterpillar eats.

2. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

Another favorite with great illustrations and good vocabulary examples, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear is a fun story with lots of potential learning activities. In the story, the mouse does a lot of things to try to hide his strawberry from the bear.  Ask your child to draw a picture about one of the things the mouse did and write a sentence that tells about their picture for a fun sentence generation activity.

3. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

This story is great for teaching your child about the concept of sharing and making friends. Higher level vocabulary adjectives like “wise,” “shiny,” and “pretty” are also included in the book. Like the other stories, practice having your child retell the story. You can also practice “cause and effect” with the story. Examples:

  • Cause: “Rainbow fish would not share his scales.”
    • Effect: “No one wanted to play with Rainbow fish.”
  • Cause: “Rainbow changed his mind and shared his scales.”
    • Effect: “Everyone wanted to play with Rainbow Fish again!”

4. The Mitten by Jan Brett

This classic Ukrainian folktale, retold by author and illustrator Jan Brett, is a recurring favorite with children receiving speech therapy at CSHC. Young readers are introduced to several new animals including a fox, a badger and a mole. In addition to the great animal vocabulary, there are many creative activities that can be done with this story. Examples include: cause and effect (cause: The mouse tickled the bear’s nose. effect: The bear sneezed.) and sequencing practice. Use this activity to practice retelling the story!

5. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

The title says a lot about the plot of this story, using synonyms to teach your child to describe something bad. Like the other titles in this list, learning activities can include cause and effect, sequencing, and vocabulary. Most importantly, though, children are introduced to the concept of a bad day, how someone might act who is having a bad day, and how they can help make someone’s day better.

Five toys you have in your house right now that can help prepare your child for kindergarten

By Clay Parlette,

Toys, toys, toys! Not only can they be used for play, but also for teaching and preparing your child for school. There are all kinds of expensive educational toys available in stores today, but sometimes all it takes are the classics to introduce young kids to the basics of vocabulary, language concepts and following directions.

Did you know that 26.4% of Ohio children ages 0-5 are living in poverty? We’ve made it our mission to help all children be ready for school, because early language development is crucial to a child’s cognitive development and later success in life.

Here’s a handy list of five common toys you probably already have in your home, with a short explanation on how each one can help you teach your child in a fun and engaging way:

1. Blocks!

Blocks are a great tool for building words and constructing buildings and towers! While playing, consider introducing your child to some basic vocabulary and language concepts:

  • Vocabulary ideas: 
    • Block
    • Build
    • Bridge
    • Steps
    • Push
    • Stack
    • Turn
    • Fall
    • Put
    • …and any other words you want to teach or spell!
  • Sample Language Concepts:
    • This block is on the table.
    • This block is under the chair.
    • The ‘A’ block is in the back of the pile.
    • The ‘C’ block is in the front of the pile.
    • I’m holding the block up.
    • This block is in my lap.
    • I took the ‘D’ block out.
    • This block fell down.
    • You have more than me.
    • These blocks are different.
    • That tower is as tall as you!
    • This tower is short.
    • We have the same block!
    • I have less blocks than you.
    • That pile is big.
    • This block is little.
    • There are many blocks.
    • There are few blocks.
    • This block is hard.
    • This block is square.

You can also use these basic vocabulary and language concepts to practice simple directions!

  • Following Directions
    • Put the block in the shoe.
    • Give me the block.
    • Push the block.
    • Build a tall tower.
    • Turn this block.

2. Bubbles!

Who doesn’t love bubbles? Here are ways you can turn play time into a bubbly learning session!

  • Vocabulary ideas:
    • Bubble
    • Blow
    • Pop
    • Catch
    • Reach
    • Chase
    • Break
    • Wave
    • Shake
    • Turn
    • Twist
    • Move
  • Sample Language Concepts:
    • That bubble went far!
    • Look how shiny it is.
    • These bubbles are round.
    • The wand is close to your mouth!
    • Blow out.
    • I put the wand in the bottle.
    • That bubble is going up!
    • The bubbles are gone.
    • This one is bigger than that one.
    • This bubble is the biggest.
    • That bubble is high!
    • This one is floating low.
    • How many are there?
    • This bubble is going down.
    • Here are more bubbles!
    • Look how big this one is!
    • That bubble is little.
    • This bubble is moving slow.
    • They’re moving fast!
    • This one is not big.
    • There are no bubbles.

And, like the blocks, you can practice following directions with the new vocabulary and language concepts.

  • Following Directions:
    • Shake the bubbles.
    • Blow a bubble.
    • Give me the bubble wand, then tell me what you did.

3. Doll

Baby dolls, Barbie dolls, action figures and GI Joe dolls are all great ways to practice words and concepts that relate to the human body.

  • Vocabulary ideas:
    • Eyes
    • Nose
    • Hair
    • Ears
    • Mouth
    • Legs
    • Arms
    • Teeth
    • Hands
    • Foot
    • Toes
    • Fingers
    • Belly
    • Back
    • Chin
    • Cheek
    • Knee
    • Elbow
    • Dress
    • Blanket
    • Pants
    • Shirt
    • Socks
    • Shoes
    • Boots
    • Diaper
    • Bottle
  • Sample Language Concepts:
    • The doll’s hair is messy!
    • What a pretty outfit!
    • Uh oh, the doll’s face is dirty.
    • This baby needs a drink.
    • GI Joe wants to eat.
    • Go to sleep.
    • Let’s have the doll walk over here.
    • Do you want to hold the baby?
    • Let’s hug her.
    • I’m going to brush her hair.
    • Let’s wipe this spot off.
    • We need to change this diaper.
    • Why don’t you sing to the baby?
    • I just gave the doll a kiss!
    • I think it’s time to wash her.
  • Following Directions:
    • Give the baby a kiss.
    • Brush her teeth.
    • Feed the baby.
    • Wipe the baby’s mouth.
    • Pat baby on the back.
    • Sing to the baby.
    • Rock the baby.
    • Change the baby’s diaper.
    • Make the doll walk.
    • Put the doll to sleep.
    • Tickle the doll.
    • Take the baby’s dress off.

4. Play House & Furniture

Maybe it’s that antique house you had as a child or the modern house or play building that kids love today, play houses are wonderful for language development!

  • Vocabulary ideas:
    • House
    • Door
    • Car
    • Bell
    • Window
    • Chair
    • Table
    • Bed
    • TV
    • Steps
    • Stove
    • Sink
    • Mommy
    • Daddy
    • Baby
    • Dog
    • Eat
    • Go
    • Stop
    • Wait
    • Push
    • Hot
    • Up
    • Stuck
    • All Gone
    • Sleep
    • Hide
    • Help
  • Sample Language Concepts:
    • Hide under the bed.
    • Walk up the stairs.
    • Come down the steps.
    • Look inside the house.
    • Put the car in the garage.
    • Take the car out of the garage.
  • Following Directions:
    • Ring the doorbell.
    • Open the door.
    • Close the door.
    • Put Daddy in the car.
    • Put the baby in bed.
    • Make Mommy sit down.

5. Barn & Animals

Old MacDonald has more up his sleeve than just E-I-E-I-O! Use the animals to make learning fun.

  • Vocabulary ideas:
    • Cow
    • Horse
    • Dog
    • Chicken
    • Pig
    • Cat
    • Duck
    • Man
    • Wagon
    • Tractor
    • Barn
    • Door
    • Fence
    • Tail
    • Hat
    • Hi!
    • Bye!
    • Night-night!
    • Water
    • Open
    • Out
    • In
    • Pull
    • Go
    • Walk
    • Eat
    • Drink
  • Sample Language Concepts:
    • Put the cow in the barn.
    • Take the pig out.
    • Put the chicken on the fence.
    • The dog runs around and around.
    • The horse jumps over the fence.
  • Following directions:
    • Open the door.
    • Listen! The cow says “moo!”
    • Close the door.
    • Make the cow walk.
    • Make the dog run.
    • Make the horse jump.
    • Make the pig eat.
    • Make the chicken go to sleep.
    • Make the cow drink.

Don’t have these toys? These are only some of our favorites, but the same kinds of lessons can be taught with all kinds of other toys! Get creative and help your child enjoy play time in an educational way. Let us know your thoughts and successes!

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 www.columbusspeech.org.

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.

Great Communicators Golf Classic raises more than $100,000 for Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

By Clay Parlette,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center welcomed sunshine and 120 golfers at The Lakes Golf and Country Club for the 11th Annual Great Communicators Golf Classic. The fundraiser, which directly benefits the Center’s efforts to provide speech therapy, audiology, and career services for central Ohioans in need, raised well over its goal of $100,000 for the cause.

“The Great Communicators Golf Classic provides critical funds that enable us to serve people from all financial backgrounds,” said Leslie Martin, director of development & major gifts. “We’re grateful to have had strong community support in the 95 years we have served the greater Columbus area, and moments like this remind us of the importance of our work.”

More than 43% of the speech services provided by the Center directly benefit families at or below the poverty level in central Ohio. Additionally, the Center works closely with the Franklin County Office on Aging’s Senior Options program and the state’s Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) agency to provide services for central Ohioans in need.

Distinctive at this year’s event was the extensive offering of silent auction items, including a VIP Heart of Africa Safari Tour at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, as well as an exclusive raffle opportunity to golf at Muirfield Village Golf Club and Scioto Country Club. Attendees were also treated to a reception, hosted by former 10TV anchorwoman Angela Pace and Cameron James, of Mills James Productions. Top level sponsorship support of the Golf Classic was provided by OhioHealth and The Robertson Group at Morgan Stanley, who each served as Gold Event Sponsors to support the Center’s mission.

“It was certainly a beautiful day for a beautiful cause,” Martin relished. “We couldn’t be more thankful for our many supporters for believing in our mission and the people we serve.”

 

The families of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center thank our Gold Event Sponsors: OhioHealth and The Robertson Group at Morgan Stanley; Silver Team Sponsors: Acoustic Ceiling and Partition, Archall, Benesch, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Elford, Inc., Equity, Equity Construction Solutions (ECS), GBQ Partners, Huntington Private Bank, Nationwide, OPOC.us, Plante Moran, Safelite AutoGlass, and White Castle System, Inc.; and Bronze Associate Sponsors: AEP Energy, BakerHostetler, Bruner Corporation, and Washington Prime Group.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (Careers for People with Disabilities) earns Three-Year CARF Accreditation

By Clay Parlette,

CARF International announced that Columbus Speech & Hearing Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment Services (Employment Supports, Job Development) and Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services programs. The latest accreditation is the 14th consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to Columbus Speech & Hearing Center.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is a not-for-profit organization with offices at 510 E. North Broadway. It has been providing Community Employment Services and Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation services in the Columbus area since 1971.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org.

For additional information, contact Jamie Noon at (614) 263-5151.