Callier Patient Emergency Fund
COVID-19: An Extraordinary Crisis Calls for Extraordinary Care
For the first time since our founding in 1963, the Callier Center clinic closed to in-person appointments for eight weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, we are seeing patients on a limited basis by appointment only.
Without communication, it is difficult to form meaningful relationships with those around us, and now more than ever, these relationships are vital to our community.
Callier exists to help people communicate and connect.
We will overcome this crisis, but we need your help.
Please give to the Callier Patient Emergency Fund:
The Challenge We Face
The Callier clinic is funded through philanthropy, as well as revenue earned through insurance reimbursements and service fees, although this revenue does not cover the cost of treating patients. Thus, philanthropy is crucial to sustaining clinical care.
- LOST REVENUE – Callier was able to recover only a small percentage of clinic revenue, as we paused in-person care.
- GROWING PATIENT NEED – Through the generosity of our donors, we care for patients who otherwise cannot afford treatment. As we reopen our clinic doors, many more individuals and families that have suffered from job loss and lost income will need treatment. Further, insurance providers continue to insufficiently cover critical hearing and speech-language services, including telehealth services.
- IMPACT ON FUNDRAISING – Our signature event in April that raises funds for patients in need was canceled. Without the event, we were unable to reach our goal.
How You Can Help
Your support at any level can help children and adults hear and be heard, regardless of income level or insurance coverage.
- $25 = puzzles/books for pediatric speech-language therapy
- $50 = electrodes that diagnose hearing loss for newborn infants
- $100 = 1 group speech-language therapy session for a child with autism
- $200 = disposable insert earphones used to conduct 375 hearing tests for children and adult patients
- $500 = cochlear implant programming sessions for 3 children to ensure that children are hearing optimally
- $750 = 1 month of speech, language, and listening therapy that will help a child with cochlear implants learn to speak and interpret sound
- $2,000 = 2 hearing aids and 3 years of follow-up services for a low-income child whose family could not afford care
Your Impact: Laila’s Story
Three-year-old Laila Busby is a bubbly child who loves to play outside with her family.
“Just being here makes her happy,” said Tamara, Laila’s mother.
Laila was born prematurely at 25 weeks. She spent five months in the NICU, and as a result of being intubated, her left vocal fold is paralyzed.
Last fall, Tamara and Dennis Busby, Laila’s parents, brought her to the Callier Center to receive speech-language therapy in Talking Toddlers, a group program designed to improve communication in young children. Laila is pre-verbal and has an expressive and receptive language delay (delayed use and understanding of verbal language).
Before coming to Callier, Laila received individual speech-language therapy through home health. She began communicating by using sign language and then progressed to making noises.
“The therapist said that she felt Laila would benefit more from group therapy and interaction,” Dennis said, “and that is when she recommended the Callier Center. She said that Callier would get her ready for preschool and help her develop verbally.”
Unfortunately, the Busby’s insurance only covers 12 speech-language therapy sessions per year. To achieve developmental milestones, a child typically needs one to two sessions per week or about 50 to 100 sessions per year. Because Laila was receiving two sessions a week, her insurance was depleted after only six weeks for an entire year.
Thankfully, Laila benefited from the Talking Toddlers program through the generosity of donors.
“It’s a blessing to know that the financial part is covered, so your child can get the assistance they need,” Dennis said. “We thank the donors for the financial aid, and we plan on donating ourselves. We may not be able to donate a lot, but every little bit helps.”
Would you consider making a gift to ensure that someone like Laila receives clinical care?