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2014 Callier Cares Luncheon
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UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders Celebrating 50 Years of Caring


Sara Martineau with the 2014 Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award andTerry Price, Director of Music at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church and grateful patientwith the 2013 Callier Prize.

Join us on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Betsy Cullum, Luncheon Co-Chair   Sissy Cullum, Luncheon Co-Chair

Link to the luncheon details on the Callier website and the luncheon fact sheet or scroll down.

The Callier Cares Luncheon web page has been updated and includes the Callier Cares Video, a video of Sara’s Award Presentation (Ruth’s intro, Ken’s presentation of the award and Sara’s acceptance speech), Terry Price’s speech, photos, a listing of donors, host committee and sponsors. Here’s the link:

Read the story by Kristi Shewmaker, "Callier Cares Luncheon Raises Record $150,000."

Also, all of the videos are loaded on Callier’s YouTube channel:

Facebook page:

About Callier Center for Communication Disorders:

The Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas improves the ability of over 4,000 patients with speech, language and hearing disorders to connect with the world.

At the Center’s heart is a time-honored commitment to our three-part mission: to provide outstanding, leading-edge clinical services, to conduct meaningful and innovative basic and applied research into new treatments and technologies, and to train the next generation of caring clinical providers.

Our exemplary clinical care programs range from autism spectrum disorder (now affecting one in 110 American children) to audiology and speech-language pathology services, from cochlear implants to early child development. For nearly half a century, the Callier Center has been honored to be able to transform lives because of the generosity of our donors.


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Callier Center /Callier Cares Luncheon Contact: Shanon Patrick / Phone: 214.905.3084 /

Media inquiries:
Sharon Adams, ACPR, 972.773.9289 or

Luncheon proceeds benefit patients in need through the Callier Care Fund. Ruth and Ken Altshuler created the fund to help children and adults who would otherwise be unable to afford treatment to overcome speech, language and hearing disorders.

Q & A which recently appeared in Park Cities News:

Q: Give us a brief overview of the Callier Center for Communication Disorders and its programs.

A: The Callier Center is unique in that they not only provide treatment for children and adults with speech, language and hearing disorders, but they also train graduate students in audiology and speech-language pathology, and they are a prominent national research center in communication disorders. Treatment, training and research are conducted in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech and language, hearing and cochlear implants. It is truly remarkable to have such an exceptional resource right here in our own backyard.

Q: How does Callier help people in our community?
A: Hearing is a sense that is often taken for granted. A child who can’t hear, or who suffers a hearing loss, begins life with a huge barrier to learning language, understanding language and being able to communicate with teachers, family and friends. It is a double burden––the inability to hear and speak. Callier helps children overcome these obstacles by providing both hearing and speech services, which allows them to flourish in school, at home and socially. Callier gives these children a future.

Callier also serves children with articulation and motor speech disorders, delayed language and feeding/swallowing disorders through individual and group therapy programs.

Finally, Callier provides hearing aids to adults with hearing loss, as well as helping adults recover their speech after stroke or traumatic brain injury.

Q: What is the purpose of the luncheon?

A: There are families in Dallas who can’t afford to put a hearing aid on their child. Many insurance companies label hearing as an “elective” treatment. We’ve got to do something about this. Hearing is not elective; it is essential. Proceeds of the Callier Cares Luncheon will benefit patients in need through the Callier Care Fund, established by Ruth and Ken Altshuler. A child should have the ability to hear and speak. A child should have the opportunity to succeed in school, find employment and be a productive member of society. We must not let these children down. It is an honor and a privilege to champion this cause.

The luncheon also recognizes an individual in the community who has contributed significantly to advancing the care of patients with communication disorders. This year, Sara T. Martineau will be honored for her passionate commitment to making life better for people of all ages with communication disorders.

Q: What is your personal connection to Callier, and why is this cause important to you?

A: “A number of years ago, I was the Crystal Charity Ball Charity Selection researcher for Callier’s Cochlear Implant Program for children. We decided to fund Callier’s program, and as a representative of Crystal Charity, I sat on the Foundation for the Callier Center Board for several years. I learned that for decades Callier has made a tremendous impact on the lives of the hearing impaired. To watch a profoundly deaf child hear for the first time with the aid of a cochlear implant, makes one a true believer and supporter of this amazing center. At last year’s luncheon, Michael Noble, a college graduate who had begun a marketing career with Cochlear Americas, spoke about his life with a cochlear implant. It was impossible to tell he had ever experienced hearing loss, let alone being profoundly deaf. To witness this miracle, put this cause at the forefront of those most important to me,” said Sissy Cullum.

Betsy Cullum added, “I completely agree, and having been a special education teacher, I am doubly grateful for the professional expertise that Callier provides to the children in our community who need Callier’s services. Dallas is fortunate to have Callier.”

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