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School-Based SLP Uses Crowdfunding To Buy Supplies

by Shelley D. Hutchins
crowdsourcing funding map

crowdsourcing funding map

Speech-language pathologist Tom Shull has turned to raising money online to provide supplies for students at the school where he works. He even uses the funds for running shoes for students with disabilities who participate in a running club he started, according to an article published in The Boston Globe.

Shull uses the website DonorsChoose.org, where he posts donation requests for specific programs or needs. He’s raised more than $25,000 for his high school students at the Quincy Upper School in Boston.

Educators increasingly turn to crowdfunding sites to help cover the cost of supplies they might otherwise buy with their own money, the Globe reports: As a result of school budget cuts, educators spend an average of $487 a year out-of-pocket on school supplies.

“In some ways it’s sort of a shame that teachers have to get subsidized outside the district,” says Shull in the article. “You don’t have businesspeople crowdsourcing to buy a cartridge for a printer.”

Read more on issues for school-based SLPs and educational audiologists:

Differentiate disability from disorder in bilingual children by understanding common developmental milestones.

Even with favorable classroom acoustics, children with hearing loss may require extra auditory and visual support. It helps to know what’s available and plan how to use it.

Can Students Qualify for Voice Treatment?


Shelley D. Hutchins is a content producer/editor for The ASHA Leader. shutchins@asha.org. 

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