Benefiting desert voices, where children learn to speak
For the past 16 years, Schuff employees, customers and vendors gather together for a day filled with eagles, birdies, and let’s face it – more than a couple of bogeys. Most importantly, together we raise funds essential to the efforts of Desert Voices, the beneficiary of the Schuff Steel Charity Golf Classic.
Desert Voices is Arizona’s only non-profit organization dedicated to teaching children who are deaf the listening and spoken language skills needed to speak and to understand when others speak to them.
Schuff Steel began supporting Dessert Voices to support one of our own, Ashley Kempton, who enrolled in 2002. When we saw the profound impact they made on Ashley and her classmates, we knew we had to continue supporting Desert Voices and its essential oral language educational efforts.
Desert Voices provides life changing services to children who are deaf, firmly believing that when you give a child a voice, you give them the world.
Over the years your support has impacted the lives of so many children, ensuring thy won’t have any limitations because of their hearing loss.
Aubrey is a outgoing child who loves singing, dancing, and playing with her older sister. She is the life of the party and loves going on adventures with whomever she can convince to come along.
During pregnancy we found out Aubrey had congenital CMV (Cytomegalovirus) and knew there would be complications after her birth including but not limited to hearing loss since CMV is the leading non genetic cause of hearing loss. Although she passed her newborn hearing screen, 1 month later they started to see some hearing loss in her right ear. After focusing our energy on physical therapy to help her overcome a large delay in gross motor skills, at 16 months we discovered she had unilateral severe/ profound sensorineural hearing loss in her right ear. Two day after she got her Ponto hearing device she stood for the first time and two months later, at 19 months old, she walked!
We found Desert Voices through a friend right before Aubrey turned 2 and it has been the biggest blessing to our entire family. Her vocabulary and speech have flourished in the Parent Coaching sessions where she worked with a listening and spoken language specialist and we learned strategies to support her speech and language at home. She started the jumpstart classes in the fall and quickly advanced to the toddler class where she is not only continuing her work with her speech but also working on her auditory and listening goals. Her developmental delays in her first 19 months have left her inexperienced with self regulation of her emotions, behavior, and feelings. Desert Voices has presented her with many opportunities to improve her social emotional skills as she participates in various learning activities with her classmates.
Everyone at Desert Voices is absolutely wonderful and have provided such a loving and supportive learning environment for not just Aubrey, but our whole family. We cannot say enough great things about the teachers, the families, and the amazing service they provide for our little girl! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
Where and when:
April 18, 2020 | Registration 6am | Shotgun Start 8am
Palm Valley Golf Club, Goodyear, Arizona