The Whildin Society

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In 1926, Olive Whildin founded the Speech Readers’ League of Baltimore, which quickly became a popular community center for the hard of hearing. Miss Whildin later became Dr. Whildin as she graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1934. The daughter of Deaf missionaries, Dr. Whildin was a Baltimore native committed to advocacy for education and services for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. Dr. Whildin’s methods of educating Deaf students are sometimes called into question as being anti-sign or otherwise oppressive, but throughout her career Dr. Whildin learned, developed, and grew as an educator.

For 91 years, HASA has taken on many names and identities. Today, we are proud to empower our clients to communicate in the way that is right for them. Our founder, Dr. Olive Whildin, had these same ideals when she founded The Speech Readers' League of Baltimore. Although HASA promotes individual choice, not speech reading (or lipreading) exclusively, we still stand behind the revolutionary spirit of Dr. Whildin. She worked to provide communication services, build a community, and create change, just as we do today. The Whildin Society honors Dr. Whildin’s tremendous accomplishments and commitment to providing quality services in HASA’s earliest days. Becoming a member of The Whildin Society demonstrates your commitment to quality service, community, and care. Join today and become a supporter of communication for all.

Level W: For $5 a month, you will pay for one Speech Therapy session for a child struggling to communicate. Your efforts will be memorialized with a Whildin Society membership card and a personalized dedication in a Gateway School library book.

Level H (employee giving): If you are a HASA employee and you give through payroll deduction, thank you! Along with the benefits listed above, you will be included in exclusive drawings for free event tickets and HASA swag.

Level I: For $10 a month, you will pay for ASL Interpreting at a funeral, allowing members of the Deaf community to mourn without struggling to communicate. You will receive all of the benefits listed above, along with discounted entry and early-bird registration for all HASA events.

Level L: For $25 a month, you will provide a hearing device to a client whose world would otherwise be distant. You will receive all of the benefits listed above, plus a #HustleforHASA t-shirt to show your commitment to the power of communication.

Level D: For $50 a month, you will provide specialized support for a student with communication challenges, empowering them to participate in class and make social and academic growth. You will receive all the benefits listed above, along with a free yearly hearing screening as long as you are a Whildin Society member.

Level II: For $100 a month, you will sponsor one family's speech and occupational therapy bill for a year. This gift provides relief to a family already struggling and opens the doors to true connection and communication with their child. For this life-changing gift, you will receive all of the benefits listed above, plus hearing screenings and an introductory ASL lesson for up to 20 individuals.

Level N: For $250 or more a month, you could provide up to 50 hours of speech therapy, occupational therapy or hearing health services through the Charitable Care Fund. For this incredible and heroic gift, you will receive all the benefits listed above in addition to a personal tour of HASA's state-of-the-art facilities and invitations to select events throughout the year.

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