Welcome Morning Invocation Introduce the GGC Team
Review The Mission Statement Review The Vision Statement Duties of District Deputies Duties of Ambassadors Dates of Regional Conferences RAM Magazine Membership Development Under 40’s Group Emerging Leaders E Newsletter Grand Secretary Remarks New Developments for the RARA Charity (Sunday’s agenda)
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
The mission statement of General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International, with a heritage of over 200 years, is to offer services and support to its Subordinate and Grand Chapters throughout the world in fulfilling the goals of Capitular Masonry by:
Providing a source of, and administration for, the rituals of the four degrees of the American Royal Arch system. Assisting in the creation and chartering of new Subordinate and Grand Chapters throughout the world while maintaining our traditional standards. Being the primary source for developmental information concerning the formation and administration of a Royal Arch Masons Chapter or Grand Chapter.
Providing a means of communication, liaison and interaction for our member Chapters and Grand Chapters worldwide. Supporting and encouraging York Rite unity around the world in harmony with regular Grand Lodges, the General Grand Council and Grand Encampment. Recognizing achievement and service.
Helping member Chapters and Grand Chapters to fulfill the obligation of all Royal Arch Masons to spread further light in Masonry. Encouraging education for all Royal Arch Masons. Organizing a Triennial Convocation for all member Chapters and Grand Chapters to express their concerns, offer programs, legislate and elect officers for the next three years. Representing Royal Arch Masonry to the world in its highest tradition and heritage.
Administer the four degrees of RAM Assisting development of subordinate & Grand Chapters Informational source for new Chapters & Grand Chapters Information liaison between subordinate Chapters & Grand Chapters Support & encourage York Rite unity with regular Grand Lodges, the General Grand Council and Grand Encampment
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
To uphold and support the Mission Statement of the General Grand Chapter. To take all reasonable steps to secure membership of those Grand Chapters in North America which are not currently members of the General Grand Chapter. To take all reasonable steps to retain all existing members. To respond to requests and to encourage development of the American Royal Arch system in foreign lands especially Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa.
To maximize our communication efforts through enhanced development of the Royal Arch Magazine into the internet world and to create and maintain an electronic newsletter. To seek input from our younger members. To live and work together in a devoted team spirit. To divide and share responsibilities thereby creating an effective team leadership. To keep all involved in any question ‘in the loop’.
To enhance our image among our member Grand Chapters though more recognizable Regional Deputies and Ambassadors with duties and responsibilities to and from the General Grand Chapter being careful not to interfere but to be visible as a support and a link.
Support the Mission Statement of GGC Encourage membership of non affiliated Grand Chapters in North America Retain existing Members Encourage RAM development in foreign lands Enhanced RAM Magazine Inculcate team spirit Enhance the GCC image by higher profile Ambassadors & District Deputies
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
To represent the General Grand Chapter and the General Grand High Priest at all appropriate Royal Arch functions within your region. At Annual Communications of each jurisdiction At Special Award events or degree ceremonies of each jurisdiction
At designated Annual Convocations you will be the official representative of the General Grand High Priest and General Grand Chapter. On other occasions, the General Grand High Priest, General Grand King or General Grand Scribe will be the Official Visitor. If the General Grand Visitor is attending you are to assist the General Grand Visitor at the session.
Check with the Grand Secretary at least 60 days in advance to be sure that all award requests have been sent to the General Grand Secretary Ensure that the General Grand Visitor has transportation to and from the airport and hotel. Immediately after the completion of the Convocation, electronically E-mail your report to General Grand Officers. Report includes: New officers RARA Chairman Your recommendations for future General Grand appointments.
At all convocations, be sure that the awards have been received by the Grand Secretary and that they are ready for presentation (unwrapped and unpinned). If a General Grand officer is present, acquaint him with the location of the awards. Note: Awards are usually presented at the banquet. Be prepared to assist the General Grand Officer. Should you be the representative of the General Grand High Priest, then you will make the presentations. Make sure that the recipients are present and review the correct pronunciation of their names.
During the awards presentation, always include the wives. Invite previous recipients of the Bronze and Silver medals or Sweetheart Awards to come to the side of the dais and greet the new recipient as he or she leaves. Make the presentation a pleasant moment for all by keeping comments to a minimum. Be efficient, plan and prepare your presentations other awards may be made that evening from Grand Encampment & General Grand Cryptic
Bring good news of activities and events in other jurisdictions. Congratulate the jurisdiction on its achievements. Talk up RARA and the Royal Arch Magazine. Encourage attendance at the Regional Conference You may be invited to speak during the Convocation or banquet. Be sure of what you want to say. Be concise and prepared as possible. Open with appropriate thanks for courtesies rendered and bring the greetings of the General Grand High Priest.
If speaking after election, congratulate the incoming officers and wish them well. Thank and congratulate the outgoing Grand High Priest. Pay tribute to the hard working Grand Secretary and the RARA Chairman, if appropriate.
Held Annually In concert with the General Grand Council and the Grand Encampment. Usually the responsibility rotates. The decision for time and place of the next Conference is usually made by the membership before the close of the last Conference. In years that it is not your responsibility to chair, you will coordinate closely with the chair and assist in all possible ways with the facility planning and general program.
Usually the format is to provide for a general group session followed by break- out session for each body. It is your responsibility to prepare the program for the Grand Chapter breakout sessions. Usually appropriate speakers are selected to present topics of interest regionally. Make your session exciting and interesting
Goals and Objectives of General Grand Chapter Power Points & Printed materials will be furnished this year Goals for Chapters and Grand Chapters Leadership Programs Planning Execution of plans Should you have a shortage of talent, contact the General Grand Officers for suggestions. It is most important to keep presentations short and always to allow opportunity for interaction following the presentation.
Toward the close of the day, be sure to provide opportunity for each Grand High Priest to speak. He should be challenged to offer success stories and to present his challenges and seek comment from his peers. This part of the session can frequently be the most valuable of the day. An interesting ladies program is essential to a happy occasion for all. Check with your predecessor for ideas and any special concerns that he may have been faced with. A reunion of all bodies at the end of the day to recap and select next year’s venue is appropriate.
On events that you organize, it is common to invite the Grand Master of that jurisdiction to speak usually at the opening of the joint session. Creates an opportunity for interaction with the GM demonstrating the value of joint activity between the lodge and the chapter.
Either the night before or on the closing evening, it is appropriate to have a group dinner. Usually these tend to be on the casual side and beyond the meal and the fraternizing, should keep speeches and introductions to an absolute minimum if at all. A general THANK YOU to all involved should be adequate without introductions of everyone who participated. Mix up the representatives from the various jurisdictions in order for delegates to meet each other
Provides a venue for dialogue and interaction between the various jurisdictions. The registration fees should include adequate funding to cover. Local Grand Chapter officers and ladies should support this suite.
You are part of an international team of Royal Arch enthusiasts. You have been selected for this office because of your enthusiasm and talent General Grand is committed to TEAM working together for the common good. Use your initiative Be well acquainted with our teachings Read the Constitutions of General Grand Chapter Contact your elected GGC Officers if you have questions
Prompt communication, response and action will permit the greatest possible efficiency and effectiveness. We look forward to working with you and to helping you be a visible and effective example of leadership in our Royal Craft.
The General Grand Chapter is not an authoritative body. We are a supportive structure that binds together the thousands of Royal Arch Masons around the world that subscribe to our American Royal Arch system. Promote unity Assist Grand Chapters and subordinate Chapters Charter Chapters and Grand Chapters in jurisdictions not presently offering our Royal Arch system. Provide a supervision to maintain standards in ritual and protocol.
It is our duty and desire to support the Grand Chapters and to help them to be the best they can be. Their success is our reward. Go and fulfill your obligation as a Most Excellent Master to spread further light among our uninformed brethren. May the God of peace of love delight to dwell with and bless you.
Represent GGC Assist the Grand Visitor when attending Make sure all awards are in good order Send in Reports Promote the RARA charity Set up and promote Annual York Rite Conference Evening banquet Hospitality room
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
You are the main source of information from your jurisdiction Your responsibilities will be numerous. Get commitment from each of your advancing line officers to attend the York Rite Conference. Provide conference materials to absentees 60 days before annual session, ensure that the names of the award recipients are sent to the General Grand Secretary Check Spelling of candidates name before submission to General Grand Make sure the award system is working.
Understand the eligibility requirements & process of General Grand Chapter Distinguished Service Award Work with your M E G H P to get the recipient to the Banquet
Send to General Grand Secretary and the General Grand High Priest the date, time, and place of your next grand session, along with the date and time of the banquet. Send a list of the newly elected officers, their spouse’s names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail This will be included in the Report to be completed by the visiting General Grand Visitor or yourself if no Officer attends.
You are the connection from your jurisdiction to the Royal Arch Mason Magazine. Get articles and pictures from your State to the editor. Anything that is of interest to Capitular Masons of the world. The ROYAL ARCH MASON VOL 24-No.2 MAGAZINE Summer 2006
If asked to speak, promote Royal Arch Research Assistance through your State Chairman Promote the Royal Arch Mason Magazine and take orders for subscriptions. Promote attendance at the Regional Conferences. Make yourself familiar with the time and place etc. May be asked to arrange transportation from an airport when a General Grand Chapter Officer is visiting in your jurisdiction.
You are the personal representative of the General Grand High Priest and General Grand Chapter on those occasions when an elected General Grand Chapter Officer or Deputy General Grand High Priest is not present to represent General Grand Chapter, at a Grand Convocation or function where the presence of General Grand Chapter would be desired.
Ask what we as General Grand Chapter can do to better serve this Grand Chapter. Then let us know about it. Promote York Rite Masonry and Royal Arch Masonry in particular. Develop a team relationship with your Regional Deputy. Keep him well informed as possible about everything going on in your jurisdiction.
You will be invested with special regalia to identify you as the Ambassador. Please wear this during your term in lieu of other Past Office regalia that you might otherwise wear. We want you to be distinctive in your jurisdiction through the individuality of your office.
It is expected that the magazine will go ‘on- line’ during the next Triennial and that an on-line Newsletter will be launched. Identify IT savvy members of your jurisdiction to provide information for this program and also those who may be interested in working on it.
Duties of the Ambassador We will be starting a Under 40’s age members consultant forum to keep us abreast of the needs and aims of our newer younger members. Please seek out participants & forward their names to Jim Hodge firstname.lastname@example.org@aol.com Justin C. Parnell email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Acquaint yourselves with the Vision Statement and Mission Statement Good luck! Any questions, contact any of the General Grand Chapter Officers.
Main liaison for your jurisdiction Encourage attendance at the York Rite Conference Keep DDGHP informed of activities and concerns Royal Arch Magazine articles and enrollment Assist in transportation and arrangements if needed Ensure awards are sent into General Grand Secretary Under 40’s recruitment Identify IT Savvy Companions May be called to represent GGC
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
North East September 9, 10, 2011 Rocky Hill, CT South Central September 16, 17, 2011 Kansas City, MO North West October 14, 15, 2011 Boise, ID North Central October 21, 22, 2011 Des Moines, IA South West October 28, 29, 2011 Phoenix, AZ 2012 PROBABLE DATES – to be confirmed East Central March 9, 10, 2012 Merrillville, IN South East June 8, 9, 2012 Raleigh, NC
The ROYAL ARCH MASON VOL 24-No.2 MAGAZINE Summer 2006 The Royal Arch Magazine Official Publication of the General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International J.H. Hodge, Editor
Royal Arch Mason Magazine The Vision for the Future
The magazine is the primary means of communication directly with our members It is delivered to 34,000 members quarterly The number of subscribers has declined this past year 100% State Jurisdictions or 100% individual Chapter subscriptions are discounted $2.50/member per year Subscriptions 1Year $5.00 3 Years $15.00 5 Years 23.00 Life $50.00
Less than one out of three members receive the RAM Magazine
New Editor Letter to the Editor Column Established Content Changed and improved Continued recruitment of new writers Increased 100% subscription rate Readership surveys established at Regional Conferences
Provide instructions and tools to State Supplement Editors I. New Editors II. Struggling Editors Continue best practices Communication & Supplement Editor Training Improve the appearance professionalism and readability of the Supplements
Continue series of Articles of current Interest Continue surveys at Regional Conference Determine how to get useful feedback from subscribers Utilize Ambassadors to increase subscriptions Improve overall quality of the magazine Improve the magazine as a Major Communication tool for General Grand Chapter Leadership
Build upon lessons learned from the “GGCRAMNEWS” Electronic Newsletter Develop an electronic magazine for those who wish an electronic version Continued development of positive upbeat message and image of RAM Find a replacement editor
Determine Interests of “40 and Under” Develop Methods to reach this group thru those interests Develop a Leadership development program Electronic Version of RAM magazine and content Discuss ways to utilize new forms of media to “update” RAM International Materials
State level – All who would like to participate! Regional- Chairmen of the State’s committee’s National- Chairmen of the Regional’s
A new leadership training to emerging talent within your Grand jurisdiction to be offered at the next Regional Conference. This training will be provided in cooperation with Grand Encampment and will be a separate session from the regular Conference program. This program will take seven hours and will be offered on Saturday.
Select those whom you feel could most benefit from what is to be offered. The target companions for this are those who are up and coming at the Chapter or District level and have demonstrated signs of leadership potential. Send us a list of those whom you feel merit the investment of this teaching.
Please understand that this is a program to prepare leaders for your future and we are not seeking to offer this to those who have already served as Grand Line officers. Although this naturally tends towards the younger members of our organization, it is not meant to exclude those who are perhaps newly retired and eager to become involved.
We will send a letter of invitation to each selectee inviting them to attend this seminar. Attendance is available only by invitation. There is no charge for this high level training. Room and meals are the responsibility of the students. We require: Name; Formal Mailing Address; Telephone numbers; e-mail address.
Send your list of emerging leaders to: Jeffrey M. Williamson 3872 Crittenden Road, Akron, NY 14001 or e-mail to email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Jeff with inquiries or for further information at 716-912-6121.
To Subscribe to the E-Newsletter http://ggcraminews.org/mailman/listinfo/ggc raminews_ggcraminews.org http://ggcraminews.org/mailman/listinfo/ggc raminews_ggcraminews.org Fill out form to subscribe
To Subscribe to the E-Newsletter http://ggcraminews.org/ http://ggcraminews.org/ Enter E-mail address
Who? What? When? Where? Why ? When submitting articles don't forget the 5 W’s
Note: All of the e-mail addresses are contained on CDs and Ambassadors' hard copy Send all articles to Editor email@example.com@ggcraminews.org.
The award consists of a jewel and certificate. The jewel is available to all Royal Arch Masons and can be purchased for $100.00. Application on GGC website.
Presented to Companions who excel in ritualistic endeavors. Companions qualify by completing at least 12 points from established requirements
Review The Mission Statement Review The Vision Statement Duties of District Deputies Duties of Ambassadors Dates of Regional Conferences RAM Magazine Membership Development Under 40’s Group Emerging Leaders E Newsletter Grand Secretary Sweethearts & Ritual Awards New Developments for the RARA Charity (Sunday’s agenda)
Concluding Remarks Parting Benediction Next Training Foreign Jurisdictions Saturday 4-6PM also R.A.R.A. Sunday 8-10 AM
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
Foreign jurisdictions can be much closer today with Internet Communications. We cannot include or respond to your needs without information and similarly, you cannot work with us if we do not communicate.
We will introduce a Newsletter on line that will provide information from any jurisdiction that seeks to participate. Work with your Ambassador to send your news stories and pictures to: Bill Hyatt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Newsletters will be issued as often as the format is filled. email@example.com Subscribe to the Newsletter as follows:
Under 40’s Group seeks members to assist the Ambassador in creating and submitting news stories and photos. Contact Justin C. Parnell to join – firstname.lastname@example.org@charter.net Ambassadors will offer RAM Magazine subscription at US$11.00 per year. Use our website – www.yorkrite.org and click on the General Grand Chapter seal.www.yorkrite.org
Working with the General Grand Secretary is a two way street. He cannot provide information to you if you do not provide information to him. Advice of the Annual Convocation MUST be provided to the General Grand Secretary’s office as soon as available
We NEED this information in order to plan our schedule of visits by the Regional Deputy and the General Grand Chapter Officer. Each General Grand Chapter Officer has an average of 36 visits per year to schedule which is 3 air travel meetings per month and late advice of meetings causes much inconvenience.
We NEED the date of the Convocation for per capita payment information. On receipt of that date the General Grand Secretary will send a Report Form to the Grand Secretary to be included with the per capita payment THIS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED IN FULL AND RETURNED WITH THE PER CAPITA PAYMENT!!
This form includes information about your Grand Chapter that is essential to our mutual operation – such as the names and addresses of officers; a list of deceased Past Grand High Priests; details of the structure of your Grand Chapter with an explanation of membership numbers, demits, deaths, affiliates, exaltations, expulsions, number of perpetual Life Members, number of members who’s dues were remitted. This is all basic administrative information that is required each year.
If this is a burden for the Grand Secretary, then assign it as a responsibility to an assistant. THIS IS A CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY – NOT AN OPTION. There will be no awards or benefits provided unless this form is submitted complete and in a timely manner.
Every jurisdiction is entitled to select one member to receive the General Grand Chapter Bronze Medal. Chosen by the Grand High Priest. The recipient is usually not a Grand Line Officer but rather an untitled member who has distinguished himself by his devotion to the Chapter or by some special service.
This award is presented at the Annual Convocation by the General Grand visiting Officer, Regional Deputy or the Ambassador. The selection must be submitted to the Regional Deputy for transmission to the General Grand Secretary at least 90 days before the annual convocation
Every Triennial, each jurisdiction is invited to submit to the Regional Deputy the name of an extraordinary individual Royal Arch Mason in his jurisdiction as a contestant for the General Grand Chapter Silver Medal. The winner is selected by the General Grand High Priest for presentation at the next Triennial.
There is also a GOLD MEDAL which may be presented at each Triennial to a recipient chosen by the General Grand High Priest.
Is presented to a lady who has distinguished herself by special service to the Grand Chapter. It is usually presented at the Annual Convocation This recommendation should come from the Grand High Priest and accompanied by details of the individual (as requested on the order form) and a payment of US $100. (See the website for further details)
Ritual Award is available to ritualists who have done exemplary work from memory. Please see the qualifications on the website for details. Send completed application to the Regional Deputy for approval. This is presented at the annual convocation by the General Grand Chapter representative.
At the end of the term of Grand High Priest, it is appropriate to recognize him for his activity. This is done with a plaque created in his honor to be presented with a lapel pin and Permanent Membership card in General Grand Chapter.
In order to prepare this plaque, it is essential that the information be provided to the General Grand Secretary through the Regional Deputy at least 90 days before the annual convocation. This presentation will be made at the annual convocation by the attending General Grand Chapter Officer.
Having received the date of the convocation well in advance, plans are made for a General Grand Chapter officer or the Deputy to try to attend. If not possible, the Ambassador will represent the General Grand High Priest. This officer will make such presentations are appointed, give the message of the General Grand High Priest and complete a visitation report form.
This report form includes certain information that is also on the report of the Grand Secretary but is used for other purposes and requests information about the convocation that is important for us to learn. This report should be completed and returned to the General Grand Secretary as soon as possible after the convocation.
It is recommended that regional conferences take place at least one time between Triennials. The jurisdictions within the region shall decide on which wishes to act as the host and then this decision, plus that of where to meet, must be discussed with the Grand Councils and the Regional Deputy for the General Grand Council so the decision is made with joint concurrence.
The program should be determined in concert with the two Regional Deputies with them seeking input from the Grand Officers. General Grand Chapter will provide the Deputy with a CD-ROM that outlines the program for regional conferences in the USA as a guide only.
Your conference should be a combination of information from all three General Grand Bodies together with the special needs of the Region. Devote some of the session to ritual and symbolism. Time must be allocated for discussion. It is essential that the program not be dominated by any visiting General Grand Officer
It is in the best interests of every jurisdiction to be an ambassador to other jurisdictions who are not in the American Royal Arch system to promote our organization and offer assistance to any who may wish to inquire about membership. Please keep the regional deputy informed of any ongoing opportunities.
The development in Africa is, for the time being, considered a part of the Europe/Africa region. To assist in the development of this very vast territory, we are grateful to Most Excellent Teko Foly, PGHP of the District of Columbia as one well versed in the structure of politics and masonry in Africa. He holds the position of Special Deputy and reports to the Regional Deputy and to the General Grand High Priest.
We have appointed Most Excellent Jaime Perez- Velez, PGHP of the Grand Chapter of Mexico, as Special Deputy for development in Latin America. His main responsibilities will be to develop a regional conference for Latin America and to explore other involvement for the region. He will work with the Ambassador to Mexico, Right Excellent Isaac Hadad and will report to the Regional Deputy and the General Grand High Priest.
Right Excellent Companion Christian Flores Maldonado, officer in the Grand Chapter of Brazil, to be our official representative to the International Masonic Confederation which membership includes the regular Grand Lodges of Latin America.
This will give us the opportunity to be present at CMI meetings and to achieve exposure to those Grand jurisdictions that do not yet embrace our Royal craft. Companion Christian will report to the Regional Deputy and to the General Grand High Priest.
We are here to help you promote the growth and development of our Royal Arch system. You must help us by communicating and providing us with the information we need to help you. Your communications are always welcome so let us take advantage of this electronic age to shrink our world and become true Companions in the universality of international Royal Arch Masonry.
Edmund D. Harrison, President, GGHP Louis Bartrand, Vice President, GGK Larry E. Gray, Secretary – Treasurer, GGSec., PGGHP James H. Hodge, GGS Sid LeLuan, PGHP AZ Dr. Paul L. Chello, PGHP CT William J. Riggs, PGHP KY, PDGGHP
Jerry Muceus, Executive Director, PGHP OR George D. King III, Project Director, V-P Alcoa, NYC Dr. John W. Siscel III, Publicity Director, Officer in GC of MO
Royal Arch Research Assistance Incorporated is the philanthropy of the General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International
The Board of Directors have chosen three organizations for research funding for 2011-2012
Royal Arch Research Assistance CAPD Research University of Connecticut Deafness Research Foundation Autism Speaks
Advance National & Local recognition Provide a positive image for RAM Supports more research in CAPD disorders Provides greatest “Bang per Buck” The grants will be reviewed annually to assure that the goals and objectives are being met
University of Connecticut Department of Communication Sciences Neuroaudiology Laboratory Storrs, Connecticut Frank E. Musiek, Ph.D., CCC-A Professor and Director of Auditory Research
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) Also known as: Auditory processing disorder (APD) Auditory perceptual problems Central hearing loss Higher auditory dysfunction
CAPD is: A type of hearing problem Difficult to diagnose Relatively common Often confused with other kinds of hearing, language, and attention problems
Some Characteristics of Individuals with CAPD Difficulty hearing in noise Difficulty following auditory directives Difficulty understanding people that talk fast Usually pass basic hearing tests
Kinds of individuals that may be at risk for CAPD Children with learning problems difficulty in reading, spelling, language Individuals with neurological problems head injury, strokes, developmental problems The elderly
How is CAPD diagnosed ? By well trained professionals with training in CAPD By the utilization of special audiological test procedures By the help of other professionals such as speech pathologists, psychologists and physicians who contribute to the diagnosis
How can CAPD be treated ? By training the auditory system By using assistive listening devices By reducing background noise By using various listening strategies By consulting with medical personnel when necessary
Why is CAPD research needed ? CAPD involves both the ear and the brain and is a highly complex Process. Much is unknown about CAPD and the best way to learn is through both clinical and basic research. Not enough scientists and clinicians are currently investigating CAPD. There is a demand from parents and professionals to learn more about this problem.
What kind of research ? New ideas and approaches to CAPD are needed More research on the neuroscience of CAPD is required Both clinicians and researchers must communicate and exchange ideas
Education and CAPD The general public needs to know more about CAPD Professionals in other fields need to know abut CAPD It is important to train future clinicians about CAPD It is important to develop future researchers to Investigate CAPD
Deafness Research Foundation (DRF)'s mission is to attain a lifetime of healthy hearing and balance through quality research, education, and advocacy. Since its establishment in 1958, DRF has awarded over 2,000 research grants in hearing and balance science, totaling over $26.5 million. DRF relies on donations to execute its mission.
In 2012, DRF is funding six scientists investigating CAPD as part of its Emerging Researchers grants program. Because the causes of CAPD are unknown, each scientist has a different research focus. After successfully undergoing a rigorous application and review process, each grant awardee receives $25,000 to conduct his or her research for a period of 12 months. The CAPD researchers that have been selected this year are among the best in the nation and represent Indiana, Iowa, New York, Michigan, and Texas. Their research abstracts follow. DRF encourages new areas of CAPD research by funding a diverse pool of new researchers.
Edward L. Bartlett, Ph.D. Purdue University Research Goal: Some hearing loss is attributed to peripheral hearing loss due to cochlear degeneration, but other aspects of hearing loss, particularly the loss of temporal processing abilities, are clearly due to changes in processing in the central auditory pathway. These changes cannot be compensated for by hearing aids which simply “turn the volume up." This project aims at better understanding these central auditory pathway processing deficits. The ages of the test subjects may reveal clues to treatments for auditory processing disorders in patients across the age spectrum. Brenton G. Cooper, Ph.D. Texas Christian University Research Goal: To further the understanding of how different sides of the brain are specialized for processing different frequencies of sounds. Auditory processing of speech and language is lateralized to the left hemisphere of the human brain. The long-term goals of this research program are testing and refining treatments for hearing loss and lateralized frequency processing deficits in humans, including central auditory processing disorder.
Elizabeth Dinces, M.D., M.S. Albert Einstein College of Medicine Research Goal: To understand the perceptual difficulties of individuals with auditory processing disorders (APD) and how automatic processes interact with attentional factors that mediate perception of complex sound scenes in individuals having difficulty in noisy environments, which will provide a foundation for developing better targeted strategies for rehabilitation of people with CAPD. Kirill Vadimovich Nourski, M.D., Ph.D. University of Iowa Research Goal: To gain better understanding of how the human auditory cortex processes perceptually important temporal features of speech sounds. Deficits in temporal processing within the central auditory system constitute one of the aspects of central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) (American Speech- Language-Hearing Association, 2005). Knowledge of how the human brain normally processes spoken language is key to successful intervention of CAPD (Medwetsky et al., 2009).
Erin Purcell, Ph.D. University of Michigan Research Goal: To manipulate physical and chemical signals to attract nerve cells to the auditory brainstem. The long term goals are to regenerate auditory nerves and understand the conditions that promote neural connections with the auditory brainstem. Achieving these goals may ultimately restore hearing for patients with neural hearing loss and lay a foundation for therapies for individuals with auditory processing disorders. Zhengqing Hu, M.D., Ph.D. Wayne State University Research Goal: To develop effective strategies to regenerate auditory pathways using stem cell-based approaches, with the hope of restoring hearing. The peripheral auditory system is usually damaged in patients with CAPD. Therefore, in order to rebuild the central auditory processing system, the function of peripheral auditory system must be restored. The following step is to explore whether stem cell-derived cells can be used to regenerate auditory cells that are damaged in CAPD. Note: Dr. Hu does not use human embryonic stem cells in any of his research.
Autism Speaks: The nation’s leading charity helping children with autism And a national charitable partner of the Royal Arch Masons
What is Autism? A developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and develop relationships, and which is often characterized by repetitive behaviors
Autism is a serious public health concern 1 in 110 children has autism. The rate has increased 600% in the last 20 years. Most people know someone with autism personally. The societal cost of caring for people with autism in the USA is $35 billion each year.
What causes autism? Is there a cure? Scientists do not yet know what causes autism. There is no cure for autism today. We are learning more each day about what autism is, and this will lead to better treatments and, someday, cures for autism.
Autism and CAPD Early symptoms of auditory processing disorders (APDs) are seen in some children with autism, such as: difficulty processing information and language anxiety or confusion in social situations trouble paying attention and remembering information behavioral problems poor listening skills Some children with autism are later diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder such as CAPD.
About Autism Speaks We are North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization Our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders Founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, whose grandson Christian has autism
Our Impact RESEARCH: Made earlier diagnosis of autism possible, as young as 12 months of age Improved therapies and translation of lab research into treatments Every $1 invested leveraged into $10 in additional NIH funding AWARENESS: UN-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 nd “Learn the Signs” campaign increased awareness among parents by 35% FAMILY SERVICES: Tool kits for families, schools, first responders, professionals 15,000 individuals served in 35 states through our community grants ADVOCACY: Federal funding for research through Combating Autism Act of 2006 27 states have passed new autism insurance reform bills
Autism Speaks is a national charity with a strong local presence We hold Walk-a-thons in more than 80 cities annually. Anyone can participate in our walks. We have successfully lobbied for laws mandating some insurance coverage for autism therapy in 27 states. Our online resource guide includes more than 30,000 local services and programs, and is searchable by zip code. Our ‘Light It Up Blue’ campaign empowers families and companies to raise awareness in their neighborhoods each year on April 2 nd.
The Autism Speaks Toddler Treatment Network Children with autism who are diagnosed and treated intensively at an early age make the greatest improvements. The goal of our Toddler Treatment Network is to develop new therapies for children under age 3 that can prevent some symptoms of autism. Some of these symptoms are also precursors of auditory processing disorders and could be treated through our Network.
Fund the ongoing research activities of the Toddler Treatment Network Include auditory processing disorders in the scope of the Toddler Treatment Network. Educate healthcare providers and parents about the role of CAPD/APD in their child’s Autism diagnosis. With Royal Arch’s support, Autism Speaks will: Encourage further evaluation for young children who demonstrate auditory processing difficulty. Create a tool kit that addresses autism symptoms including those present in auditory processing disorders, potentially preventing some of the symptoms from occurring in the long run.
We invite you to get to know us better! Please visit http://www.autismspeaks.org and http://blog.autismspeaks.orghttp://www.autismspeaks.org http://blog.autismspeaks.org Print out one of our Family Services Tool Kits (Newly Diagnosed Families Kit, Transition Kit, School/Community Kit, Asperger’s Kit) Participate on the annual Research Update conference calls we will be holding for Royal Arch Masons Start a Walk Now for Autism Speaks team in your city Become a Fan of Autism Speaks on Facebook Wear blue on April 2nd
Certificates are designed for contributions of $25.00, $50.00, and $100.00. A $500.00 dollar contribution receives a very impressive pin with a diamond in the center. Additional contributions of $500.00 add a small diamond to the pin.
Certificates and pins are awarded to both individual donors and donating organizations. Donations are IRS deductible.