Celebrating 60 Years of Innovation

presented by the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation

Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation, now The Emerge Center, was founded in 1960 by the Junior League and Quota Club in response to children who had gone deaf from the Rubella outbreak. Originally housed in 2 classrooms with only 2 full time staff, we are thriving today serving more than 1,800 individuals a year in our 26,000 square foot facility at The Emerge Center, and six classes at The Emerge School. With a staff of more than 145 and a comprehensive and robust service delivery model, we serve young children with a variety of communication challenges, in particular, autism. Read more about our 60-year history.

Thank you to our 60th Anniversary Committee

Winnie Byrd, Honorary Chair
In Memoriam (1925-2020)

Leslie and Scott Berg
Lori Bertman
Bobbie Carey
Alicia Coenen
Melissa DeGeneres
Cordell Haymon
Rachel Howell
Sugar McAdams
Adrienne Moore
George Noell, PhD
Nial Patel
Robert Pettit
Jan Ross
Steve Smith
Meg Sprunger
Kelli Bondy Troutman
Sue Turner
Roberta Carona Vicari, M.D.
Colleen and Stephen Waguespack

BRSHF/Emerge Alumni

We are searching high and low to bring together former alumni – clients or staff! We’ve created this group as a place where BRSHF/Emerge alumni can reconnect with old friends, and to hear your stories about your time at BRSHF/Emerge. Join our Alumni Facebook Group!

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