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Fundraiser collects more than $5,000 for Communication Disorders Clinic

BOONE—Members of Delta Zeta Sorority at Appalachian State University raised more than $5,000 recently to benefit the university’s Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic.

View larger imageDelta Zeta Sorority’s annual Turtle Trot 5K raised more than $5,000 to support the Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic at Appalachian State University. Pictured from left are sorority advisor Elena Taylor, clinical educator Jules Roberts, Delta Zeta philanthropy chair Brook Luckadoo, sorority president Sarah Lyons, communication sciences and disorders faculty member Jennifer Dalton, clinic director Robin Morehouse and Sherry Street Tobin, clinical educator and director of the clinic’s preschool classroom. (Photo by Jane Nicholson)

The sororities annual Turtle Trot 5K held March 25 drew more than 250 runners who participated in the fundraiser despite inclement weather. In addition to sorority members, undergraduate and graduate students from the communication sciences and disorders program in the College of Health Sciences participated in the event as runners or as volunteers.

This was the sixth year for the event that has raised more than $30,000 to support client services and provide scholarship support to clients.

The Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic is located at 400 University Hall Blvd. in University Hall off Blowing Rock Road. The clinic provides a clinical learning experience to students enrolled in Appalachian’s speech-language pathology program. Students must have 400 hours of clinical work with clients to receive certification.

The clinic provides professional evaluation and therapy services for clients of all ages who have a variety of communication impairments such as articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, language delays and disorders, speech fluency disorders, voice and resonance disorders, and severe communication disorders requiring use of augmentative communication.

The clinic serves children through adults who have communication problems associated with conditions such as Down Syndrome or other syndromes, autism, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, cleft palate, hearing impairment, auditory processing disorder, and language-based learning disabilities.

Private support from the North Carolina Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation and proceeds from Delta Zeta Sorority’s annual Turtle Trot help defray the cost of providing clinical services to the region’s residents. A sliding fee scale, based on income, is available for those who meet financial eligibility guidelines.

For more information about the clinic, visit http://cdclinic.appstate.edu.

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