CHANGE has been the theme at HASA this year - Hearing and Speech Agency

CHANGE has been the theme at HASA this year

There have been many changes in the world that will affect not only how HASA serves the community, but whom HASA serves. Communication access for the deaf and hard of hearing is rapidly improving thanks to groundbreaking technologies. There is a renewed awareness and understanding of communication differences that will open up a world of possibility for individuals with autism. Prevention-based service delivery models are changing the landscape for audiologists, therapists, and teachers. 


Your support enabled HASA to provide more than 140 pro-bono hours of interpreting services to partner organizations, local nonprofit programs and funeral services for Deaf community members. CIRS Interpreting proudly supported the Maryland Deaf Business Summit, the first of its kind in the United States.

Interpreters provided 47,803 hours of interpreting throughout Maryland at 559 different locations, which included hospitals, educational settings, workplaces, and private events. 

More than 200 students learned ASL through our educational programs, which include formal classes at HASA as well as Deaf awareness workshops and sign language classes throughout the Baltimore area.

Your support helped fortify the new Frances Scholarship Endowment Fund, which, with a matching gift of $25,000, has grown to more than $650,000 since its inception in 2015. 

Gateway School earned Gold-level status for its PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) from the Maryland State Department of 
Education and opened its Educational Child Care Center to the public. HASA’s educational services now proudly offer a fully inclusive environment for children with and without communication challenges.

Your support enabled HASA to provide more than $500,000 in charitable care to 1,065 children and adults who could otherwise not afford audiology,
speech-language, or occupational therapy services. 

Partnerships with The Scottish Rite Foundation, Baltimore Infants & Toddlers Program, local school systems, and regional retirement facilities enable community members to receive prevention and treatment at community-based locations that make services more convenient, more affordable, and more effective.

Your donations help provide high-quality, evidence-based services, develop new technologies, and increase awareness of the importance of effective communication. Exciting times lie ahead and I’m glad to be on this journey with you.

Erin Stauder is executive director of The Hearing and Speech Agency

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