Iknow the feeling of being con- stantly misunderstood as a child, and I know how life dramatically
changes when you receive individual
Thanks to the generosity of donors like
you, Early Life Speech & Language* (a
proud part of the RiteCare SRCLP network of clinics) has made my life better.
My childhood is full of stories about
misunderstanding for both my older
brother and me. Imagine you are two
years old and you want a cookie, but you
don’t know how to ask for one. Pointing to where you think the cookies are
hiding, you grunt while jumping up
and down, hoping your mom will give
you one and out of pure frustration you
throw a tantrum.
Early Life Speech &
Language is an advocate for
children with communication delays—children like
my brother and me—and
helps the whole family.
Speech issues didn’t hold
me back because they were
dealt with at an early age. I
graduated from Shadle Park
High School, Spokane Falls
Community College, and
Whitworth University; all
on the Honor Roll.
While at Whitworth, I received a
grant from the Fulbright Program to go
to Perak, Malaysia, to teach English.
Think about that ... a child with speech
and language delays is now being sent to
help others learn to speak English!
Quite simply, my educational experiences would
not have been possible without the support you have
given Early Life Speech &
Language to help children
like me overcome our communication delays.
I ask that you give even
more children like me the
chance at any future they
can dream of without the
worry of their speech holding them back.
Thanks to the skills I acquired at
through RiteCare Childhood Language
Programs, I’m committed to help EVERY child have a full educational experience, no matter what limitations they may have. To
that end, I am now starting
my career as an American
Sign Language teacher at
Central Valley High School.
Nothing is so far out of a
child’s reach that they cannot achieve; sometimes
they just need to find another way to reach that success.
I have many dreams and
aspirations as I continue
the life I have been given,
Speech & Language.
I ask you to please continue these pro-
grams. There are so many more children
who, without your help, may not have
the chance to find their voice and reach
It is because of donors like you, that
I have become the person I am today.
Sondra graduating from Whitworth University
Sondra Willmann is one of the many success stories
of Scottish Rite Childhood Language Programs.
She is now helping children communicate!
A young Sondra
*The 178 RiteCare Scottish Rite Childhood
Language Programs (SRCLP) provide
diagnostic evaluation and treatment of
speech and language disorders, as well as
learning disabilities. Funding for the SRCLP
is provided by the Scottish Rite Foundation,
Southern Jurisdiction, USA, Inc., and local
Scottish Rite Foundations. Some Orients
use a different name, but all are proud to be
part of the RiteCare network dedicated to
To learn more about the RiteCare SRCLPs,
please visit the Supreme Council home