Hearts for Hearing and NewView Oklahoma hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of their new facilities at Legacy Plaza, 5350 E. 31st Street in Tulsa. The two nonprofits joined the Assistance League Tulsa at the property donated by The Zarrow Foundation.
“Assistance League Tulsa is delighted to welcome Heart for Hearing and New View Oklahoma to our building,” said Marianne Pickering, President of Assistance League Tulsa. “Each day we observe client families enter the lobby with concern, reservation and some fear. After their appointment with these life changing organizations, these families exit with smiles, laughter and hope. We are proud of our growing relationship with Hearts for Hearing and New View Oklahoma as we all strive to improve the lives of children and adults in our community.”
Hearts for Hearing creates opportunities for children and adults to listen for a lifetime through audiology and listening and spoken language therapy, while NewView Oklahoma empowers people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their maximum level of independence through employment, low vision rehabilitation, and community outreach.
“With the region’s largest team of pediatric audiologists and listening and spoken language specialists, we are the only organization in Tulsa committed to the development of listening and spoken language skills for children,” said Joanna T. Smith, CEO and Executive Director of Hearts for Hearing. “The Zarrow Foundation has made it possible for our services to be more accessible statewide.”
NewView’s clinic provides additional space to serve clients in two low vision lanes, a dedicated pediatric therapy room, and a new ONE Gas adaptive teaching kitchen.
“NewView is the only private in-state provider of comprehensive services for people with significant vision loss that cannot be corrected with lenses, surgery or medication,” said NewView President and CEO, Lauren Branch. “This state-of-the-art facility allows our Low Vision Optometrist, occupational therapists, orientation and mobility specialists and technology specialists to expand services and better serve our clients in the Tulsa area.”
About NewView Oklahoma
NewView Oklahoma is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1949 with a mission to empower people who are blind and visually impaired to achieve their maximum level of independence through employment, low vision rehabilitation, and community outreach. NewView Oklahoma is the leading employer of blind and visually impaired individuals in Oklahoma and offers the only comprehensive Low Vision Clinics in the state.
About Hearts for Hearing
Hearts for Hearing creates life-changing opportunities for children and adults with hearing loss to listen for a lifetime. Through collaborative care, patients work with audiologists and speech-language pathologists, also certified as auditory-verbal therapists – in tandem – for a comprehensive experience. Hearts for Hearing is headquartered in Oklahoma City with offices in Shawnee and Tulsa, and remote therapy provided statewide.