Speech Pathology Room Dedicated at The University Of Delaware

Speech Pathology Room Dedicated at The University Of Delaware
March 14 12:27 2016 Print This Article

University of Delaware and state of Delaware officials were on hand to dedicate a conference room in the new Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic to Lauren Devard. Twelve years ago, out of frustration with access to speech therapy services in the state, Lauren’s mother Samtra called Representative Valerie Longhurst. The shortage of speech-language pathologists in Delaware was exacerbated by a lack of training programs in the state, which Longhurst, now the House Majority Leader, worked closely with the University to remedy. Fast-forward to 2016 and Lauren’s name is emblazoned in the new STAR Campus clinic to honor the family’s efforts.

“I never would have thought that a constituent call twelve years ago would still have such a positive impact on my life. I couldn’t be happier than I was when we dedicated the conference room in Lauren’s name,” said Rep. Longhurst. “Samtra was my first constituent call as a newly elected official. I didn’t want to let them down.”

Lauren’s mother, Samtra Devard, was in awe of the honor bestowed on her daughter.

“Our hearts are overwhelmed knowing that Lauren’s journey will make the road for other families facing similar circumstances a little smoother than it was for us,” said Samtra Devard. “We thank the University for the Lauren Devard Conference Room. It is a lasting legacy that we will cherish always.”

The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is an integral part of STAR Health, which are the open-to-the-public, healthcare offerings of the College of Health Sciences.