Inspired by the Oscar award-winning movie “The King’s Speech,” contestants in ASHA’s Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) video contest were challenged with depicting what it is like to be a person who has speaking or hearing difficulties and to show how important it is to understand how that person feels, and how to help them.
Califone is honored to support this year’s video contest and will present the two winners, Ms. Valencia Fu and Mr. Corey Wallyn, each with a Califone MP3 player/recorder and an Active Noise Canceling headphone for their video submissions. Congratulations!
First place video was submitted by Ms. Valencia Fu
Second place submitted by Corey Wallyn
Held simultaneously was the annual BHSM coloring contest, which asked participants to create an image focused on the theme “Why are good communication skills so important?” Each winner will receive a Califone MP3 player/recorder, whose volume playback is restricted to the ASHA-encouraged 85dB limit. Encouraged by speech-language pathologist Sandy Robinson, 8-year old student Jakhai Ellerbe of Mary McLeod Bethune P.S. 92, New York, New York won first place; 2nd place went to Tyler Kaus of Eastward Elementary in Chadron, Nebraska; 3rd place went to Amanda Angeles of Longfellow Elementary School, Long Beach, California.
Support from Califone for the current and last year’s BHSM contests are part of the company’s ongoing collaboration with ASHA to support their “Listen To Your Buds” campaign, which educates students about the proper use of personal audio technologies in order to avoid hearing damage.
Read more coverage about the importance of safe hearing practices in M2M (Machine to Machine).