Once again we are planning for the 2013 China Project trip. A group of faculty and students has been making this mission trip since May 2004. The purpose of the project is to provide audiology and speech-language services and hearing aids to children in need, as well as to train orphanage and hospital staff. This year we will return to the City of Tianjin, where we will teach at the hospital and provide services at theTianjin Orphanage.
For each trip the purpose is the same: 1) to provide hearing screening (including OAEs, tympanometry, and otoscopy) with provision of hearing aids when necessary, to as many children as we can in one week; 2) to provide speech-language information, particularly about Augmentative and Alternative communication (AAC), children with autism, and other speech-language disorders; 3) to provide training opportunities to the orphanage staff so that they can continue with necessary management after we return to the US; and 4) to provide educational opportunities to the medical staff at theTianjin First Central Hospital.
As has been the case in the past, we seek financial support to offset the significant travel costs. We try to keep the cost as low as possible for students, as we believe this may be their greatest learning opportunities of their educational experiences.
The total cost for the 12 travelers will be approximately $22,000; that amount has doubled since we begin this effort due to increasing flight costs. Thank for considering us in your charitable giving.
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University of Iowa's NSSLHA chapter (2011, 2012)
Community Service Grants from the national offices of NSSLHA (2011, 2012)