Distribute materials such as books, toys and games to expose children to new experiences and stimulate language development and self-expression.
Provide training and education for teachers and families to help children without access to therapeutic intervention or choose not institutionalize their child in order to receive services.
Create global awareness and educate society on the importance of therapeutic services (speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy) for children with special needs around the world.
Assist children living in disadvantaged communities that have not been accessed by larger operations.
Support increased cultural awareness in our collective society by learning and understanding various cultures through giving.
Connect and collaborate to other non-profits with similar objectives to expand knowledge and resources.
Become a resource to conscious travelers who want to make a difference through giving to underserved populations by including a mini-mission trip in their travels
children with special needs are kept out of the classroom because little to no money is budgeted for their needs.
are currently living with a disability. 80% of these individuals live in a developing country.
from the ages of 14 or younger are living with a moderate or severe disability of some kind.
The term “disability” covers a wide range of the spectrum, including cognitive, physical, sensory, learning, speech or emotional challenges.
Sandy Dorsey is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She is the owner of All About Speech, LLC, a private practice based in New York City that offers speech-language services to school aged children with speech and language disorders. For over 20 years, Sandy has provided diagnostic and therapeutic services to wide-ranging populations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Sandy’s commitment for helping children with special needs prompted her to start Smiles for Speech, Inc. (SFS) in July, 2017 so that from disadvantaged backgrounds would have access to diagnostic and therapeutic services and to serve as a resource to families and the overall community. Sandy’s goal is to help improve the lives of children in impoverished countries in a sustainable manner so that they can express themselves and live life at their full potential.
Herbert J. Harriott is an Associate Director on the Ernst & Young LLP (EY) Talent team in New York, NY, where he is the Lead Talent Consultant in the Financial Services Organization. He has worked professionally as a senior human resources executive for the past 20 years for both global and national organizations. Herbert graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He earned a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Georgia State University and holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Herbert is a current board director and Vice President of a Manhattan-based residential cooperative.
Herbert has prior board membership as the Development Chair with the Black Ivy Alumni League.
Angela has spent the last 7 years at National Basketball Association (NBA) as the Human Resources Operations Leader. Previously, she held positions during her 12 years at Accenture as a recruiter and the US Diversity Recruiting Lead. Angela graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Angela has served on several boards including The Essential Theatre and the Emerson House.
Helen Demetrion is a Speech-language Pathologist with 40 years of pediatric experience in both the private sector and the public schools and is owner of Talking Points, LLC. Helen graduated with a Master of Science from the University of Redlands and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of La Verne. She has served in a variety of elected and appointed positions in the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) such as Director, District 10, Secretary and State Chair for Better Hearing and Speech Month. In addition, Helen served several terms as a California Legislative Councilor to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Helen has presented at both CSHA and ASHA on a variety of topics including utilization of Speech-language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs), Medi-Cal in the schools, Make ‘n Take for Monday morning, and how to incorporate technology into therapy. Helen is a Fellow of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She currently provides private speech therapy services in Habanero, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.