NJSHA’s Community, Caring, Connect Project

NJSHA has joined forces with the New Jersey based and founded non-profit organization Small Steps in Speech!

NJSHA students have joined forces with Small Steps in Speech, a charitable non-profit organization, developed in memory of SSG Marc Small, which provides grants for children with speech and language disorders for therapies, AAC devices and other services.

Small Steps in Speech is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization which provides grants on behalf of children with speech and language disorders for therapies, treatments, communicative devices and other services aimed at improving their communication skills. Small Steps in Speech was founded in 2009 from the inspiration of SSG Marc J. Small. Marc was a Green Beret Special Forces Solider for the United States Army. Marc knew all about communication disorders from, Amanda Charney-Berardi, a New Jersey speech-language-pathologist who he was to marry upon his return from Afghanistan. Amanda started this non-profit so that his name will live on through hundreds of children and their families in need.

NJSHA’s objective is to raise needed funds from the start of our Convention in April and run through Memorial Day. April was our Convention but May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and also Memorial Day where we will be remembering Marc for his ultimate sacrifice.

Won’t you join our students to be a part of this year’s CCC project to help raise money for this foundation?

A grant from Small Steps in Speech provides financial support to families seeking speech and language services for their children, either not covered or not fully covered by their health care plan.

NJSHA’s support can make all the difference!

As Thomas Campbell once said,

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself”.

Help continue Marc’s legacy to be heroes to children and their families who need our support through NJSHA!

Here’s to the next BIG STEPS for SMALL STEPS IN SPEECH!

Visit the Small Steps In Speech Website