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Visitors learn about the services offered at the Hearing and Speech Center (HSC) at an October 14 open house. Among the attendees at the open house were President Davila; American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association President Arlene Pietranton; and approximately 55 speech-language pathology, audiology, and communication sciences professionals from the Clerc Center, Virginia, District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s County, Md., public schools, local military facilities, and other local organizations. The visitors came to see what the new and expanding center has to offer, taking tours of the facility and meeting HSC staff. The center, located on the second floor of the James Lee Sorenson Language and Communication Center, houses three separate but related clinics/service areas—diagnostic audiology, communication therapy, and speech-language. It now has 14 communication rooms, four assessment booths, a preschool suite of rooms, an “Activity of Daily Living” room (fondly known as “the apartment,” because it is designed and decorated like a home), an expanded walk-in clinic area, and an area dedicated specifically to cochlear implant services. Allen said the new facility will allow the center to expand services to deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals both on and off campus.
Author and visiting faculty member Michael Chorost gives the presentation, “Cochlear Implants and the Future of the Deaf World,” on October 15, providing his prediction of how new technology will influence the deaf community. Technology has already dramatically changed society, Chorost argued, so it is no surprise cochlear implants have influenced deaf culture. However, they have also opened new opportunities. And while technology has pulled people apart in recent years (Chorost used the examples of communicating via telephone and watching TV rather than socializing), the deaf community has shown continued closeness. He pointed to a presentation on Enrichment Day, where Maryland School for the Deaf, Frederick, Superintendent James Tucker said that while there is a push for more oralism at his school, students, even if they have some residual hearing, still want to identify with deaf culture. Chorost has some predictions about the next steps in technology, as well as the future of Gallaudet: Both will evolve, he said, and now is the time to use that evolution to the deaf community’s advantage.
President Davila congratulated scholarship recipients and thanked the Delta Zeta Sorority and their benefactors at an October 21 luncheon. Standing with Dr. Davila are (from left): scholarship recipients Gabrielle Petroff and Amanda Sortwell, Delta Zeta Foundation President Ruth Patterson, Delta Zeta Gallaudet Chairperson Joan Lowry, and scholarship recipients Erin Bailey, Cloe Canela, and Elizabeth Martinez. During the luncheon, which was held at B. Smith’s restaurant in Union Station, Patterson presented Davila with a $5,000 check to support the Gallaudet Dance Company.