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Amy Booth Provides Training at the Special Olympics

The  Special Olympic Summer World Summer Games were held in Shanghai, China from October 2nd until October 11th, 2007. University of Maine Audiologist Amy Engler Booth was invited to provide training and help implement the Healthy Hearing segment of the Healthy Athletes initiative. The photo shows Amy Booth (third from the left) and a team of audiologists with an athlete from Iraq (fourth from the left). His coach is standing second from the right. The Healthy Athlete program is designed to provide Special Olympic Athletes access to ways in which they can improve their health and fitness. A healthy athlete would in turn lead to an enhanced sports and comPettit
ion experience, as well as overall well being. At the World Games, 7, 500 athletes from around the world competed. Booth and her audiology colleagues from around the world helped to provide more than 450 hearing screenings per day. In addition, more than 200 athletes were fit with hearing aids. In addition to participating at the international level, Booth participated at the national level at the Special Olympic Summer games held in Ames, Iowa in 2006. Additionally, Booth is active as the state level where she serves as  clinic director for Healthy Hearing for the State of Maine Summer Games held annually on the University of Maine Campus. During the state summer event, students from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders participate in the hearing screenings thereby receiving experience in hearing screenings and gain confidence in volunteering their skills to an underserved population. Whether at the state, national, or international level, data is collected, analyzed and disseminated on the health needs of people with intellectual disabilities.

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