The planned new 47,800 square foot complex will equip the agency with 16 classrooms for children and adults with speech, language, and hearing disabilities, as well as two audiology booths and areas for infant hearing screenings. The new classrooms and therapy suites will allow the agency to add hundreds to the number of clients it serves annually.
The Hearing and Speech Agencys executive director, Susan Glasgow, observed, After serving 3,000 clients in one year at our current location, imagine what we can do at a new, more accomodating facility.
Funds for the new site will come from a capital campaign, state bond bills, and proceeds from the property sale of 2220 St. Paul Street.
The agencys new site will also house the Bosworth Family Oral Center for newborns to age five who have been diagnosed with speech and language disabilities. The center will help incorporate these children into mainstream schools after therapy.
Dr. John K. Niparko, Professor of Otology and Neuro-Otology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of The Listening Center, will work with the Hearing and Speech Agency clients who receive cochlear implants. These devices are surgically implanted within the ear to stimulate hearing for profoundly hearing-impaired individuals who are unable to understand speech with hearing aids.
The new facility in Seton Business Park will be easily accessible by public transportation, including MTA bus line #27 and metro stations at Wabash and Patterson Avenues. The park is located on the Baltimore City / Baltimore County border along Northern Parkway in northwest Baltimore.
The Hearing and Speech Agency is a direct service provider, information resource center and advocate for people of all ages and incomes who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech and language disabilities. It offers the following programs and services: