Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Program
”Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
Photos courtesy of Barbara Winslow Warren
In early February of 2009, faculty member Barbara Winslow Warren, AuD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Jenelle Ezcurra, BS, AuD student (class of 2011), were two of 20 individuals from around the world invited to train as Clinical Directors for Healthy Hearing at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho. Representatives from countries near and far came to learn the meaning of Special Olympics and how to incorporate Healthy Hearing into their states and countries.
At the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, the Healthy Hearing Program screened over 1,000 athletes for hearing loss and fit over 70 athletes with hearing aids. Warren has been working with global clinical advisers and state representatives to implement a Healthy Hearing program within the North Carolina Special Olympics in order to inform students, colleagues, and members of the community about the abilities and health needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Health Athletes: http://www.specialolympics.org/healthy_athletes.aspx