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childhood_calendar_logo(PITTSBURGH, PA)—(April 12, 2013) –The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) has been selected as the beneficiary of the 2014 Childhood Calendar fundraiser  from Oana Hogrefe Photography to support important funding for apraxia programs and research as well as raise awareness of childhood apraxia of speech.

Oana Hogrefe Photography, a boutique studio specializing in memorable portraits of babies, children, and families and  located in Atlanta, GA, started the Children’s Calendar project as a yearly fundraiser benefitting charities dedicated to bettering the lives of children and families.  Ms. Hogrefe has issued a public casting call in which 25-30 children, mostly in the Atlanta area, will be selected to be photographed as a part of this effort.  All funds collected through the session fee, the online voting for the calendar’s featured month images, and the sales of the calendars will be donated to CASANA.  Since its inception, the Childhood Calendar has raised over $20,000 and is now in its fourth year.

“CASANA is so very pleased to partner with Oana Hogrefe on the 2014 Children’s Calendar project,” said Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., Executive Director and Founder of CASANA.  “Not only will the project raise important funding for our programs and research, but it also will raise awareness about childhood apraxia of speech and the need for all of us to raise our voices so that children affected by apraxia receive the support, attention, and recognition that they both need and deserve.”

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated speech disorder in children, making it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables and/or words despite having a good understanding of language.  .  With appropriate help and support, children with apraxia can make great strides in their quest to become verbal communicators.

“It is a joy to involve the community each year through the various stages of the Childhood Calendar project.  Parents and children alike delight in being able to help fund both well-known as well as smaller non-profits, while creating beautiful images at the same time,” said Oana Hogrefe, owner of Oana Hogrefe Photography and creator of the Childhood Calendar. “CASANA’s mission moves me deeply, as I strongly believe each one of us has a right and a universal need for self-expression.  Helping children speak clearly and correctly is a worthy cause, and we are honored to play a part in furthering this effort.”

To support or learn more about the Children’s Calendar Project and to participate in the casting call, please visit http://www.childrenscalendar.com.  To visit Oana Hogrefe Photography’s website, visit http://www.shutterview.com.

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), founded in 2000, strives to improve the systems of support in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and to achieve to their potential. CASANA works toward this mission through promoting national awareness of childhood apraxia of speech; providing high quality information and support to families and professionals; conducting multiple educational events around the nation; and supporting as well as funding apraxia research.  For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at http://www.apraxia-kids.org.

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