AFA Spring Luncheon
AFA’s Spring Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Junior League of Houston. This luncheon will celebrate AFA’s work with The Center for Hearing and Speech, The Lighthouse of Houston, and students from The Monarch School.
The Center for Hearing and Speech is the only full-service resource in Houston to teach deaf children to listen and speak without the use of sign language. Thousands of Houston-area children have gained listening, speaking and literacy skills through programs at two on-site outpatient clinics and the Melinda Webb School. AFA is in its fifth year of providing in-class music instruction at the Melinda Webb School, helping young students build on their listening and speaking skills through music. The school’s Kindergarten demonstrate class will what they are learning and Renée Davis, Executive Director of the Center for Hearing and Speech, will speak about our collaboration.
The Lighthouse of Houston is a private, nonprofit education and service center dedicated to assisting blind and visually impaired people to live independently, offering educational programs, community services and outpatient rehabilitation. In 2015, AFA and The Lighthouse established a choir for their clients under the guidance of Shelagh Moran, Vice President and COO at The Lighthouse; Ms. Moran will speak about our partnership and the AFA Lighthouse Choir will perform.
AFA is proud to be inclusive of all students who are musically ready to join our programs, including students with autism and neurological differences, some of whom attend The Monarch School and Institute. The luncheon will feature one of those students, Sophia Velasquez, in performance and her mother, Tatiana Mejia-Velasquez, describing the impact AFA has had on their lives.