The Investors Foundation has awarded a two-year, $25,000 grant to the Summit Speech School (SSS). The grant, which builds on previous funding given by the Foundation, will support the School’s Parent/Infant Program.
Summit Speech School is the state’s leading resource for helping deaf and hard-of-hearing children learn to listen and speak, so that they can succeed in mainstream education. SSS currently serves about 200 children, from infant through high school age. The Investors Foundation grant will help fund the School’s efforts to assist families whose babies have been identified as having a hearing loss.
“There are currently 47 families enrolled in the program,” explained SSS Executive Director Dr. Pamela Paskowitz. “The program provides complete education and support services until students reach their third birthday. This includes ensuring that children have access to the appropriate technology in the form of hearing aids or cochlear implants; individualized speech/language lessons with certified teachers in the child’s home or day-care environment; and group socialization programs to lay the foundation for future participation in a school setting.”
“Since its establishment in 1967, more than 3,000 children and their families have benefited from the outstanding and compassionate work of the Summit Speech School,” said Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank and a board member of the Investors Foundation, which provides funding to not-for-profit organizations that enhance the communities the Bank serves. “They deserve our support, and that of all their funding partners.”
“We are extraordinarily grateful for the continued friendship of the Investors Foundation,” said Bruce D. Naidoff, who serves as Director of Development for SSS. “There is an enormous gap between the funding provided by the State and the actual cost of programs like this one. The generosity of our individual donors, and the corporations and foundations that support us, is essential to the pursuit of our mission.”