history

The Center’s story show a history of over 55 years, serving the Central Florida community.

1960

1960

We began in 1960, through the efforts of the Junior Woman’s Club, in a donated, small, two-room frame house. During the first year, the unpaid staff served 60 children.

1967

1967

In 1967, the Center built a 2,500 square foot building on East Bella Vista Street. We began our partnership with United Way of Central Florida, allowing us to provide services to patients who otherwise could not afford them.

1976

The Center was gifted its first mobile unit by Sertoma Clubs around Polk County. The mobile unit was used to provide services to preschools, hospitals, public and private schools, industry, and retirement centers.

1985

1985

In 1985, we added the Jeanette Chiles Ruthven Memorial Therapy Wing to provide additional space for speech and language services and a pre-school classroom.

1988

The Center opened a satellite facility at Lakeside Medical Center, offering a complete range of speech-language and hearing services.

2000

2000

In 2000, through a gift from Reva P. McClurg, we purchased and refurbished the building next door. This new space provided the A.C.E. Charter School classroom and expanded hearing conservation services.

2012

2012

After five decades, the Center moved its clinical services into a state-of-the-art facility in the Highlands Plaza on Lakeland Highlands Road.