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Former Clarke Employee Wins ASHA Editor's Award

November 14, 2017—The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) honored former Clarke employee Frank Iglehart with the Editor's Award for the American Journal of Audiology.[More]

Honoring Trustees for their Service and Welcoming a New Addition to the Board

November 13, 2017—Clarke is honored to recognize Kevin Franck, PhD, Sara Grosvenor and Sharon McCarthy as they close out their terms with Clarke's Board of Trustees this fall. Kevin, the brother of a Clarke Alumna, joined the Board in 2011; Sara, Founder and President of The Alexander...[More]

Clarke Staff and Alumni Collaborate on Educational eBook

November 5, 2017—Thanks to the contributions from Clarke staff, Smith/Clarke alumni and Clarke Board Members, we are pleased to announce that the eBook Preparing to Teach, Committing to Learn: An Introduction to Educating Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is now available...[More]

The 38th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss Draws Hundreds of Professionals, Parents and Teens

November 1, 2017—Clarke Mainstream Services’ 38th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss was a great success, drawing hundreds of attendees, sponsors and exhibitors from across the country. This year’s event was especially significant, as Clarke Schools for...[More]

 
November 23, 2010

Verizon Invests in Clarke Cochlear Implant Habilitation Program


November 23, 2010—Verizon Foundation, which has a long history of supporting quality educational programs serving individuals with disabilities, has awarded Clarke School for Hearing and Speech/Boston a $10,000 grant to support Clarke’s Cochlear Implant Habilitation Program. Richard B. Colon, Regional Director of Verizon External Affairs, visited the school recently to present the grant award.

“From our industry leading wireless and FiOS technologies, to the incorporation of technology in meeting social service needs, Verizon places the utmost importance on the use of technology,” said Colon. “It’s a perfect fit for the Verizon Foundation to provide resources for training in the use of cochlear implant technology.  We are pleased to help support Clarke and wish them success in the future.”

Mandatory Newborn Hearing Screening, combined with technology such as cochlear implants and programs like Clarke, help young children with hearing loss gain the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Many of the children Clarke serves are prepared to enter their neighborhood schools by the time they reach kindergarten.

Through Clarke Boston’s innovative Cochlear Implant Program, staff collaborate with implant centers, medical facilities and families of children with hearing loss to develop appropriate expectations, goals, and strategies to help children use the technology to listen and speak. Prior to a child receiving a cochlear implant, Clarke’s skilled professionals use a specially designed doll that is fitted with a model of a cochlear implant. The doll helps the child prepare for and role-play the surgery, hearing exercises and activities they will soon be participating in. After receiving the implant, professionals work with the child to develop speech and language skills and prepare them for the lifelong task of maintaining the implant.

Clarke President Bill Corwin praised Verizon for their support, saying the grant will be used to make an immediate, transformative impact in the lives of children at Clarke.

“We are grateful to have Verizon partner with us in support of this important program.  With Verizon’s help we can provide vital support to more families and help children who receive cochlear implants maximize the benefits of this life-changing technology.”