The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit publicly funded charity whose mission is to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and communication. (Our federal EIN is: 25-1858159)
The ability to communicate is perhaps the most human of all skills and helps form our identities. Speech also allows us to take our unique place in the world. Childhood apraxia of speech, one of the most severe of childhood speech disorders, makes it difficult or impossible for children to plan the movements of speech structures (i.e. lips, tongue, soft palate, jaw) that make intelligible speech possible. While there is still much to understand about the causes, children who receive appropriate, early and intensive therapy are usually able to become effective verbal communicators. Children who do not get proper therapy are at risk to never develop understandable speech. CASANA, the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, was founded in Pittsburgh in 2000. It has evolved from an online discussion group into a unique, highly respected national 501(c)(3) public charity. We also serve families throughout the world through our conference, our webinars, and our social media presence. Since its inception, CASANA has increased awareness provided information, support, and education. It has also provided much needed funds for treatment research of CAS.
Currently, the organization is at a pivotal transition in structure and leadership, all intended to expand our ability to meet the needs, now and in the future, of an ever-expanding group of children with apraxia and their families. This transition offers great opportunity for students to observe and participate in nonprofit organizational development.
Relying on our motto “every child DESERVES a voice,” we continue to work on improving the systems of support in the lives of children with apraxia and their families so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and communication, reaching their full potential.
- To provide high quality information on CAS and spread awareness to families, professionals, policy-makers and other members of the public.
- To provide practical support to families by assisting with small therapy grants and communication tools for affected children.
- To facilitate better public policy and services for children affected by the disorder.
- To provide training and educational opportunities for families and professionals.
- To increase the level of expertise available throughout North America to diagnose and treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- To encourage/fund research in childhood apraxia of speech and sponsor scientific research meetings.