MeetAaron“This Center is the key to unlocking the full potential of those who struggle with speech-language and hearing issues.”   – Josh Stephens

For Jamie Smialek and her husband Josh Stephens, what began as an initial commitment to be foster parents to a-day-old boy became a lifetime commitment to adopting and raising a family of 5 children.

Jamie and Josh first came to Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center to obtain speech language therapy services for their son Aaron who had begun to stutter. Later, their youngest son Damon who was exhibiting a delay in speech development was enrolled in the parent-toddler group which helped him interact with his peers and assisted his parents in learning skills to work with him at home. In addition to Aaron and Damon, their older sister Kristen has also received speech-language therapy at CHSC.

“Each child that we have brought to CHSC has received skilled and effective therapy tailored to their very different communication needs” said Jamie. “CHSC accepts Medicaid so needed therapy is an option for children in the foster system. However, because Medicaid pays only 60% of the cost of treatment, CHSC relies on private donations to defray the balance of cost.”

Josh Stephens concluded – “A donation to CHSC gives voice to the voiceless and allows the full potential of each individual to be realized.”

About Our Race

The Cleveland Big Wheel Relay is an annual fundraising event organized by New Partners of Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, the young professional Associate Board of Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC). The event will take place on Saturday, June 20 from 2-5 p.m. in Shaker Square and will include a music, food truck goodies, a beer tent and an exciting relay race on low-riding trikes. Teams of four must sign up before the race and raise a minimum team fundraising goal of $300. Spectators are welcome and encouraged, and will be admitted for free on the day of the race. For more information on the race, please visit

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