Special Olympics Healthy Hearing
This year, the national SAA is teaming up with SOHH for a special service project in order to gather some of the supplies needed to screen and care for the SOHH athletes in the second annual SOHH Supply Drive. Some of the supplies needed may include gloves, hand sanitizer, and hearing aid repair supplies. The supply drive will allow volunteers to screen and treat more athletes and provide SAA chapters with a meaningful service project. Chapters interested in participating can fill out a SOHH Chapter Interest Form. Questions? Email Development Committee Chair, Maribiliz Irizarry.
Special Olympics is the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, providing free health screenings and health information to Special Olympics athletes at local, regional, and world games. Volunteers at Special Olympics Healthy Hearing (SOHH) events perform hearing screenings on the Special Olympics athletes, educate the athletes about their hearing, and make medical referrals when appropriate. The program has also been successful in providing many of those identified hearing impaired athletes with hearing aids. The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) established a partnership with the SOHH program in 2010. The intention of the SAA is to promote SOHH and encourage SAA chapters to connect with the Healthy Hearing Clinical Directors in their states. SAA chapters are able to volunteer their time and expertise before and during SOHH events, and provide support for SOHH services to Special Olympics athletes. Watch the video below for more information on the structure of the SAA/SOHH partnership and how to get involved!
SAA chapters are also encouraged to ensure that these remarkable athletes receive the best audiological care by volunteering their time and services at SOHH events in their area. To find out how to volunteer, connect with the Healthy Hearing Clinical Director in your state. Don’t have a Clinical Director in your state? Need more information on available resources? Check out the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Resources web page to access news, forms, and items to help you get involved. Together, students and volunteer professionals can make a difference in these athletes' lives!