Join us for A Virtual Evening with Vince Vawter – For KIDS!

Audience: *Students who stutter. First come first served! Capacity is 25 students.

When: October 29th at 5pm EST.

Where: Online over Zoom

Hosted by: UT Hearing and Speech Center; Tricia Hedinger MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-F

Sponsored By: UTHSC Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology

The UT Hearing and Speech Center is hosting A Virtual Evening with Vince Vawter – FOR KIDS! – This event will provide children who stutter with an opportunity to engage with Mr. Vawter, a renowned journalist, author of the 2014 Newbery Award winning novel Paperboy, and Tennessee resident who also stutters. Mr. Vawter will read from Paperboy, speak about his own experiences as a person who stutters, and open the floor for questions and discussion. The meet & greet will be moderated and your child/client is encouraged to ask him anything they are curious about.

Register for this FREE event



Books for H.O.P.E (Helping Others Promote Equality)

Here at TAASLP, we are taking a stand against systemic racism and oppression in support of The Black Lives Matter Movement– thus, the Ad Hoc committee: Diversity & Equality emerged in August 2020 to root out racial inequalities that exist within our communities, our professions or our workplaces. We stand together with our colleagues and the individuals we serve who are hurting.  We want to support their communities, protect their rights to communicate freely and openly, and advocate for more inclusive policies that would create ample racial equity opportunities.

The AD HOC Diversity & Equality Committee pledges to support TAASLP’s mission in meeting all persons’ needs with communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, culture or socio-economic status. Thus, the idea for a book drive, Books for H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Promote Equality), originated to fulfill that mission and meet the academic, cognitive, and communicative needs of local children by collecting and disbursing stories that promote diversity through protagonists of color and diverse cultures. Not only are we aiming to advance the concept of diversity through the book drive, but we also aspire to encourage and nurture the thought-processes encompassing creativity, self-love, confidence, and acceptance into the young minds who will receive these gifts.

All books collected during this three month book drive will be donated to children within local school districts Head Start preschool programs and state foster care organizations. We call for TAASLP members to donate new or gently used children’s books age ranges appropriate for preschool to young adults/teens featuring lead characters of diversity. Suggested books can also be purchased directly through TAASLP’s Books for H.O.P.E.

Amazon Wishlist by clicking HERE   or mail books directly TAASLP Books for H.O.P.E P.O. BOX 131, LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN 37350.

Books for H.O.P.E. will commence on October 1st until December 31st with a goal to collect 100 books (requesting 3 copies of each book title) to donate across the state.  We eagerly look forward to your participation as you stand with us in our continued fight for justice and help support children of diverse backgrounds. We also encourage you to explore these selected titles and use them in your practice in waiting rooms and your therapy services.

Thank you for your support!

Stephanie N. Austin, M.S., CCC-SLP, Committee Member

Rachel Barger M.S. CCC-SLP, Member at Large