Willie Ross School for the Deaf Awarded $32,122 Grant for Audiology Equipment

LONGMEADOW — Willie Ross School for the Deaf announced it received a MassHealth Provider Access Improvement Program (PAIGP) grant in the amount of $32,122.50 to purchase audiology equipment for the school’s expanding audiology program. The grant is from Health Resources in Action on behalf of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

The new equipment to be purchased with the grant funds will allow the school’s audiology program to replace old, outdated equipment with new technology to more effectively serve the needs of students and the greater community. The updated equipment will also allow the school to evaluate young children beginning at birth.

The school accepts pediatric and adult patients for hearing evaluations and hearing-aid fittings at its Curtis L. Blake Center for Audiological Services at the school’s Longmeadow campus at 32 Norway St.

According to President and CEO Bert Carter, “This grant represents a resource not only for the Willie Ross School, but also for the public at large. Providing audiology services to children and adults in the community is important, and we are thankful for this important grant.”

The school is also undergoing a $1.2 million campus expansion that includes an updated audiology center in a new second story of its administration building. The project is expected to be completed in January 2021.

For more information about audiological services at Willie Ross or to make an appointment, call (413) 567-0374.