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Speaking of Art

September 2018
Chandelier Cafe & Cater

The 4th Annual Speaking of Art is a fundraising event to support an assistive technology library at the West Tennessee Hearing and Speech Center (WTHSC). The library enables WTHSC to train and fit individuals in West Tennessee with the appropriate speech generating devices.

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Chandelier Cafe & Cater in downtown Jackson, Tennessee, we invite you to join us for an evening of beautiful art, entertainment, and most importantly, HOPE for those with hearing and speech disabilities. All art on display will be for sale with the proceeds going to WTHSC.

Assistive Technology

Proceeds from Speaking of Art are used to fund the Assistive Technology Library at the West Tennessee Hearing and Speech Center.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices (ACC) are used to help people with speech, language, voice and/or hearing disorders communicate more effectively. With the many advances in technology, there are an increasing number of new devices available to help people communicate. They range from low tech, as illustrated in the use of simple pictures or signing, to very high tech, with the use of communication boards and speech generating devices.

At West Tennessee Hearing and Speech Center, our speech and language pathologists work with both children and adults who have a wide range of impairments including Autism, Apraxia of Speech, traumatic brain injury, Aphasia, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy.

With the use of AAC devices, children can make dramatic advances in communication function, from making choices at meal or playtime to telling their parents about their day at school. Similarly, we can share the joy of seeing a stroke patient able to tell his spouse he loves her. Assistive technology can help everyone’s voice to be heard.