According to Foundation for the Callier Center Board Trustee and Vice President of the Development Committee Beth Thoele,
“Close your eyes, take a deep breath and go to your happy place. See yourself there. Take in the sight, the smell, the sound. Do you feel yourself smiling?
“Last summer, I had the privilege of visiting a very unique happy place for children who are deaf and have cochlear implants: Cochlear Implant Camp (watch the video).
“For 23 years, the Callier Center for Communication Disorders has provided this happy place to give children with cochlear implants the opportunity to join other children who are just like them for a fun-filled week of activities like fishing, arts and crafts, music and rock wall climbing.
“Callier audiologists, speech-language pathologists and UT Dallas graduate students weave listening and speech-language therapy through each activity. Each child is given one-on-one attention, working through a therapy plan that is tailored to the child’s individual goals.
“Cochlear Implant Camp is like no other camp in North Texas. Many children who participate are the only kids in their schools or neighborhoods who have cochlear implants. When children come to camp, they feel at home, because they are surrounded by other children who are just like them. At camp, they realize they are not alone. Cochlear Implant Camp is their happy place. They look forward to coming back year after year, and they develop friendships and make memories that last a lifetime.
“Cochlear Implant Camp is a labor of love, but it is expensive to run. For those who can afford it, campers are charged a small tuition of $250, but it actually costs $1,500 per child. Will you cover a child’s spot at camp for $1,500, or give a child who cannot afford tuition a scholarship of $250?
“You can make a child’s wish come true. Please give a child with cochlear implants a happy place this summer. Visit Callier’s giving page or call Justin Banta at 214.905.3084 for more information.”
* Photo and video provided by Callier Center for Communication Disorders