Founder of Speech Disorder Association to Address Rangos Grads
Sharon Gretz, founder and executive officer of Pittsburgh-based Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), will be the keynote speaker at the Duquesne University Rangos School of Health Sciences commencement ceremony this Friday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Approximately 135 students will be presented with their degrees during the ceremony.
Founded by Gretz in 2000, CASANA is a nonprofit organization that offers a wide array of programs in support of children with apraxia, a motor disorder that can impair movement and speech.
Gretz was inspired to establish CASANA by her youngest son, after he was diagnosed with a rare, severe motor speech disorder. After finding little educational information about apraxis for herself or her child, Gretz decided to set up her own support system of web discussion boards and online newsletters with other families afflicted with apraxis, and this work eventually led to the founding of CASANA.
A graduate of Duquesne’s School of Education, Gretz has received numerous professional awards and accolades, including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council on Communicative Disorders, and the Community Hero Award from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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