Carrie Crittendon, audiologist from the West Tennessee School for the Deaf, was the guest speaker at the Paris Quota club’s Aug. 28 meeting at the Lunchroom at Lee Academy for the Arts.
She presented a very interesting program on her school.
The center began operation in 1986 as a resource center for those with hearing impairment before there was early intervention for children.
The school is located in Jackson, across from Jackson State Community College, and it serves all of West Tennessee.
It has about 40 students at any given time from 2-year-olds up through sixth-graders. After that, they go to Knoxville to the Tennessee School for the Deaf to complete their education through high school.
At the school in Jackson, the instructors sign and talk at the same time and encourage all parents to start signing things like “hungry, more and finished” to their babies even if they are not hearing-impaired. It has been proven that a child will learn to talk sooner if he or she knows signs.
Most deaf children are born to two hearing parents so communication between the child and parents is critical. On the other side of the school, there is a clinic for children 5 years old and younger to be tested for hearing loss.
There is a six-month waiting period for testing and it is free. The school works with doctors in the state to provide hearing aids and/or cochlear implants.
Also during the meeting, Joy Weathersbee, new minister at First United Methodist Church, was a guest with Elizabeth Craig.
Aug. 27 was Paris Quota club’s 59th birthday. Everyone gathered at the front and sang “Happy Birthday to Quota” and blew out candles on the special birthday cupcakes.
Suzanne Richter provided ballots for members to vote for Quotarian of the Year. The committee will call and get the vote for those who were not present.
Jane Sinnema reminded everyone that members are scheduled to provide food for Noon on the Square on Sept. 13 and Sept. 27.
The club will serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers and bologna sandwiches. The band will start playing at 11:30 a.m., and food will be ready about 11:15 a.m.
Jill Snow announced that a membership lunch for potential members is set for Sept. 18 in the front room at the Lee Academy. Members will provide food. If any member has someone to suggest, they may contact Snow.