A History Lesson - Hearing and Speech Agency

A History Lesson

Have you had a chance to see our new gallery display of our historical artifacts?  If you haven't, we'll be posting one new display item each Thursday throughout the summer.  Our first item is the picture above (the internet does not do it justice - it is enormous!) Here are the historical highlights listed:

1920s

  • Olive Whildin founds the Speech Readers’ League of Baltimore On November 19, 1926.
  • The League was founded out of a speech-reading group in the Alumni Room of the Maryland Institute and had only 15 members.
  • The League moves to its first headquarters at 3 Centre Street. The Speech Readers’ League is affiliated with the American Federation of Organizations for the Hard of Hearing.

1930s

  • The Speech Readers’ League is renamed the Baltimore League for the Hard of Hearing.
  • The League hires its first employee Mrs. Hilda (Thornley) Martin.
  • The League moves to 520 N Charles Street.
  • The League’s application for Community Fund is rejected.
  • The League joins the Council of Social Agencies.
  • The League moves to 2119 N Charles Street.
  • Elizabeth Scheiblich steps in as the first Executive Director.

1940s

  • The League is granted Community Fund Membership (Now The United Way).
  • The League moves to 522 N Charles Street.
  • Marian Malakis becomes the Executive Director.
  • The League moves to 322 N Charles Street.
  • Artus James becomes the Executive Director.
  • The League changes its name to the Baltimore Hearing Society.

1950s

  • Eugene Morrill becomes the Executive Director.
  • Jay Cherry becomes the Executive Director.

1960s

  • The Association for Children with Communicative Disorders opens Gateway School. 
  • The Society’s new Speech Therapy Program is inaugurated. 
  • The Society moves to 928 N Charles Street.
  • Jean Chapman becomes the Executive Director.
  • The Baltimore Hearing Society and ACCD (along with Gateway School) unite to form The Hearing and Speech Agency of Metropolitan Baltimore (HASA).

1970s

  • HASA campaigns for Senate Bill 537 in support of increasing state funding for special education services.
  • HASA moves its head-quarters to 2220 St. Paul Street (The Old Goucher Building). 

1980s

  • The Hilgenberg Childhood Speech and Language Center through Scottish Rite is established.
  • The Centralized Interpreter Referral Service (CIRS Interpreting) is inaugurated.
  • Bridges School opens.

1990s

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passes.
  • Susan Glasgow becomes the Executive Director.
  • Bridges School closes.
  • HASA lobbies for the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Act.

2000s

  • Construction begins on the site of HASA’s new home in Seton Business Park.
  • HASA moves to its state-of-the-art facility at 5900 Metro Drive.
  • HASA launches its new Listening and Spoken Language Program, the first of its kind in Baltimore.
  • The Hearing and Speech Agency hosts its first Vibe event, Explore the Outback, at the National Aquarium.
  • HASA builds a new, sensory-friendly playground for Gateway School.

2010s

  • HASA records and releases its first documentary, “Little Ears, Big Voices.”
  • The Soundscape Project is launched and wins a Gold Addy Award.
  • HASA and Maryland Public Television provide closed captioning for local programming.
  • HASA wins $25,000 for the Google Glass Challenge grant.
  • Erin Stauder becomes the Executive Director.

Hearing and Speech AgencyHarry and Jeanette Weinberg Building 5900 Metro Drive Baltimore, MD 21215 410.318.6780