About Clarity

Since 1948, Clarity, the Speech, Hearing, and Learning Center, a non-profit, free standing, community based clinic, has been entrusted by the people of Upstate South Carolina to help them overcome their hearing, speech and learning disorders.

Our clients, ranging from infancy to 100+ years old, rely on us to deliver the most comprehensive and effective treatment possible. We are not affiliated with any government agency. Our financial support comes from service fees paid by individuals, insurance providers, Medicaid and other third party providers. Additionally, we receive substantial support from the United Way of Greenville County, private individuals, and corporate donors to make sure services remain accessible to people who live or work in Greenville County and who cannot afford to pay full fees.

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Services are available to residents of the Upstate by self-referral or referral from physicians, agencies and organizations, or other professionals. Evaluations are available by appointment and therapy is available as determined by staff professionals. Fees are charged for evaluation and therapy. Our support staff works with our clients and insurance companies to facilitate payment, as appropriate.

Our devoted, highly trained and licensed professional staff, together with caring, courteous support staff provides a full spectrum of services, meeting the needs of our community.

The mission of Clarity is to treat those with speech, hearing and learning challenges with care and respect. The vision of Clarity is that individuals and families with speech, hearing, learning and developmental challenges realize their potential and improve their quality of life.

Departments

Speech & Language

Offers evaluations and therapy for speech and language disorders, including articulation, language, voice and fluency. We offer speech and language therapy services in our clinic as well as within other agencies and public/private schools.

Hearing & Audiology

Offers comprehensive hearing evaluations for infants, children and adults, as well as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) evaluations. Our audiologists counsel individuals about hearing loss, recommend and fit digital hearing aids from the best manufacturers in the world. Hearing aids, batteries and accessories such as assistive technology can be purchased from Clarity. We offer repairs for all makes and models of hearing aids.

Learning & Psychology

Offers consultations and psychological evaluations for clients preschool age to adults as well as academic assistance for school-age children. Our psychologists provide consultation and diagnostic assessment regarding various attention, learning, and social-emotional concerns; academic assistance is offered by our learning specialist.

ASET

Clarity’s Autism Spectrum Evaluation Team (ASET) is a multidisciplinary team of professionals who work together to provide children with a truly comprehensive evaluation. Team members include experts in autism spectrum disorders from the following fields: psychology, speech-language pathology, and occupational therapy. Depending on the needs of the client, sometimes an audiologist is also part of the team.

We are also very involved in the community, conducting presentations for various organizations and providing free screenings at health fairs, as well as offering a monthly clinic with a professional team approach for individuals with facial anomalies and cleft lip and/or palate (F.A.C.E.T. Clinic). The Center for Developmental Services (CDS) is a unique partnership linking individuals and families with multi-disciplinary services for developmental evaluation, treatment, education and support. Within CDS, six organizations collaborate to ensure that individuals with developmental needs and their families reach their full potential. Clarity is proud to be a founding organization in this partnership.

History of Clarity

Clarity is a longstanding independent non-profit agency existing in our community for over 65 years. Clarity began as the Greenville Hearing Society in 1948, and the name changed to Greenville Hearing and Speech Center in 1954. Learning services were added in 1975, and the name was changed to The Speech, Hearing & Learning Center. To better serve the diverse needs of our patients, the organization moved into the Center for Developmental Services in 2000. The name changed to Clarity in 2009 to reflect the hope for results for those receiving services.

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1948

Greenville Hearing Society formed

1950

Junior League donates to employ the first director

1954

Name changed to Greenville Hearing and Speech Center.

1956

Center incorporated: receives 501(c)3 status. United Fund support recieved for the first time.

1968

$1.5 mill grant to expand speech and hearing services in schools, Headstarts, community centers, etc. throught the Upstate

1975

Junior League grant to implement learing disability service into the center. Name change to The Speech, Hearing & Learning Center

1991

Due to financial constraints, current E.D. resigns, new E.D. starts and continues to see clients. That trend continues today.

1992

Initial discussions of collaborative/co-located services: the beginnings of CDS

1998

CDS is a reality, and plans to co-locate begin

2000

The center moves into CDS

2011

Clarity adds OT services to its core professions

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