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Our Objectives

 
 
  • 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


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50%

of the world's school age

children with special needs are kept out of the classroom because little to no money is budgeted for their needs.

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1 in 10

children around the world

are currently living with a disability. 80% of these individuals live in a developing country.

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93

million kids around the world

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.


About Us

 
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Sandy Dorsey, MA, CCC-SLP
founder

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.

 
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Dr. Alayna Townsend, PhD, CCC-SLP
development director

Alayna E. Townsend is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a specialty in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is currently the lead speech-pathologist and an interdisciplinary diagnostic team member at UT Physicians Center for Autism and Related Conditions (CARC). Dr. Townsend also serves as clinical educator and adjunct professor at the University of Houston. She has clinical expertise in the early diagnosis of children at-risk of ASD, early language development, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Dr. Townsend received her doctoral degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Howard University which was focused on the identification of early detectors of autism in infants. Dr. Townsend earned her Master of Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati and her Bachelor of Science degree at Xavier University of Louisiana. She has participated in several service learning programs in the Bahamas, Ecuador, St. Lucia, and Belize. Her goal is to improve the lives of children with special needs by creating long lasting relationships and sustainable services in countries with limited access to speech and language services.

 
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Corneta Kelley, MA, CCC-SLP
community affairs liason

Corneta Kelley is USA native, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a Speech-Language Pathologist licensed in the states of Arizona and California. She attended the University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma and Saint Louis University, earning two degrees, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree and a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders. Corneta founded Intercept Speech and Language, LLC, in 1999, in the city of Inglewood, California. In 2005, Corneta relocated the practice to join family and began serving the community of Sierra Vista, AZ building a network of Speech-Language Pathologists dedicated to providing the best resources, materials and supports for children and families. After 19 years in private practice, Corneta’s current focus will incorporate contract and travel assignment services in the USA and internationally. She has previously spent 19 days in Ghana and looks forward to continuing to travel abroad to serve children with special needs around the world.

 
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OLGA CHMIELA, MS, OTR-L
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY CONSULTANT

Olga Chmiela is Canadian-trained Occupational Therapist currently working with the Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. She has experience working with an array of populations and in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation and working in the community with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Olga has experience in applied Intensive Behavior Intervention (IBI) and Applied Behavior Analysis (AABA) with children diagnosed with Autism and other complex mental health and/or developmental challenges. Olga is eager to embark on traveling opportunities to share her creativity and skill set.

 
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Chenelle Walker
Mission Ambassador

Chenelle Walker is a speech-language pathology graduate student at the University of Houston(UH). She is currently a Teaching Assistant and an UH collegiate volleyball player alumni. Chenelle is actively involved in mentoring and advocating for students in both the academic and athletic settings. She aspires to work as an SLP in a variety of areas as well as teach future SLP students. Chenelle’s desire is to use her influence to empower lives around the world through reaching one heart at a time.


Board of Directors

 
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+ Herbert J. Harriott

Treasurer

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.

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+ Angela James

Secretary

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.

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+ Helen Demetrion, MA, CCC-SLP

Professional/Ethics Advisor

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.


Our Partners 


Thank you for our generous donations from: