CASANA Accepting Requests for Apraxia Research Funding

May 14, 2014 (PITTSBURGH, PA) – On the 2014 Apraxia Awareness Day, the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) released its 2014 Request for Applications for Research.  CASANA began its Apraxia Research funding program in 2009 in response to a near absence of any published research on effective treatments for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), an inadequacy documented in the historic Childhood Apraxia of Speech Technical Report (2007) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Interested, qualified researchers with a defined focus in CAS are encouraged to review the application, file an intent to apply, and submit an application by the deadline of August 29, 2014.  Additionally, doctoral students may also apply for funds if their research specifically concerns CAS.  An external review committee will evaluate and recommend projects for funding.  For more information and to download the RFA, please click here.

Funds for CASANA’s Apraxia Research Funding program are raised through individual donations as well as donors and participants in the Walk for Children with Apraxia®.

About CASANA
The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and founded in 2000, is the only national 501(c)3 non-profit public charity exclusively dedicated to the needs and interests of children with apraxia of speech and their families. CASANA’s mission is 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. CASANA supports this mission by promoting awareness through Walks held all over North America; providing high quality information and support through the Apraxia-KIDS website and online communities; assisting families through awards of iPads and cases; funding of speech therapy grants; conducting multiple educational events; and 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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CASANA To Fund Speech Therapy Via Grant to Small Steps in Speech

May 14, 2014 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) announced today that it will continue providing funding for Small Steps in Speech (SSIS) in order to fund speech therapy grants specifically for children with apraxia of speech.

During its first year the program, which is managed by SSIS, was able to provide direct speech therapy grants to:

  • 32 children with apraxia of speech from 21 states
  • A total of 646 speech therapy sessions
  • Median age of children was 4 years; 6 months
  • 11 girls and 21 boys

“Thanks to the amazing support of organizers, donors, and participants in CASANA’s Walk for Children with Apraxia we are able to continue to partner with Small Steps in Speech for this calendar year and provide funds for speech therapy grants for children with apraxia.  Many families are burdened by the significant financial resources needed to provide appropriate speech therapy for their child.  Limited insurance funding and school services for families, especially those of modest means, makes a severely challenging problem even more so.  We know that early, appropriate speech therapy is what is essential for children with apraxia to develop intelligible speech and communication.  CASANA is glad to be able to assist families in need in this way as we continue to advocate and education funders and policy makers,” says Sharon Gretz, Executive Director of CASANA.

To learn more about the application process visit the Small Steps in Speech website.

About CASANA
The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and founded in 2000, is the only national 501(c)3 non-profit public charity exclusively dedicated to the needs and interests of children with apraxia of speech and their families. CASANA’s mission is 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. CASANA supports this mission by promoting awareness through Walks held all over North America; providing high quality information and support through the Apraxia-KIDS website and online communities; assisting families through awards of iPads and cases; funding of speech therapy grants; conducting multiple educational events; and 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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