The Year of YES - Hearing and Speech Agency

The Year of YES

It’s been a whirlwind of a year here at HASA. It has only been ten months since I began my tenure as executive director, but in that short amount of time, we have been witness to a dramatic increase in HASA’s need to advocate for, and to serve, individuals with communication challenges.

One commitment I made (and I asked my team to make along with me) was to spend 2017 saying “yes.” That commitment to YES has led us down an exciting road of new partnerships and fostered a renewed commitment to HASA’s mission.

Saying YES led to HASA providing 500 hearing screenings to prekindergarten students in Baltimore City. Saying YES resulted in HASA staff attending more than 100 community outreach events where we reached more than 20,000 people. Saying YES led to the development of a new model for on-site sign language classes for community groups and area businesses.

It is exciting, but saying YES comes at a cost. In 2017, we opened two new prekindergarten classrooms to serve families who would otherwise lack the ability to provide their children with high-quality early childhood educational experiences. We are also experiencing a 43% increase in clients and families who need our speech-language pathology, audiology, and occupational therapy services.  We are serving more families than ever before, and that requires more funding.  We need your help to continue to have the ability to say YES to individuals and families in need. I’m thrilled to report that your end of year gift will be matched this year, and with your end of year gift, this year of YES could be just the beginning.  

HASA is committed to saying YES to individuals with communication challenges who need our support. Will you make the same commitment? 

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