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50 Years of Caring

For half a century, the Callier Center for Communication Disorders has been dedicated to helping children and adults with speech, language and hearing disorders connect with the world. We transform lives by providing innovative, cutting-edge therapy; engaging in pioneering research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders; and training the next generation of outstanding clinical providers.

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The Callier Center began through the generosity of Mrs. Lena E. Callier.

Hearing loss had a profound effect on Lena Callier, a native Texan who enjoyed a socially active life with her husband, Edward. But as her hearing declined, so did her enthusiasm for participating in social and recreational activities. Mrs. Callier’s once-thriving and active life soon became very isolating and frustrating. The hearing loss had such an impact on her life that she made a commitment to herself to do all she could to prevent others from experiencing the same fate.

In 1950, Mrs. Callier established a trust for the purpose of alleviating the effects of hearing loss, as well as speech and language disorders. After her death in 1957, the trust from Mrs. Callier’s estate was used to establish the Callier Hearing and Speech Center, which was incorporated as a non-profit, community-based institution in 1963.

Her legacy lives on. Fifty years later, the Callier Center has grown into the foremost speech, language and hearing resource for North Texas, and is one of the most renowned such centers in the nation.

Lena Callier

Formative Years:

1943



1947

The Pilot Institute for Deaf Children, the first center for deaf children in Dallas, is established by the Dallas Chapter of Pilot International, a businesswomen’s service club.

The Pilot Institute is gifted Bradford Hall (located at 4909 Cedar Springs Road) by Mr. and Mrs. T.L. Bradford Jr., and two daughters, Mrs. Joe Reichman and Mrs. W. R. Goddard. Munger Hall is given by the late Mr. Roy Munger and his son, Mr. Jack Munger.

Bradford Hall
Bradford Hall (estate given to the Pilot Institute)

1950

Mrs. Callier establishes a trust for the purpose of alleviating the effects of hearing loss, as well as speech and language disorders.

1958

1960


1962

Nelle Johnston is named board chair of the Pilot Institute.

Johnston writes a prospectus outlining the need for a broad-based institution to serve people with communication disorders that is circulated throughout the community.

A civic-minded and visionary committee including UT Dallas co-founder and former Dallas Mayor Erik Jonsson, Callier founding director Dr. Aram Glorig, and board president Johnston establish the use of the Callier Trust. The Pilot School for the Deaf, the Dallas Speech and Hearing Center and the Dallas Council for the Deaf merge with the Callier Center to form one cooperative program: The Callier Hearing and Speech Center.

Nelle Johnston
Nelle Johnston

50 Years of Caring:

1963



1964

The Callier Hearing and Speech Center is incorporated as a non-profit community-based institution. The center is initially housed in the basement of the primary Dallas County hospital facility (Parkland Hospital).

Callier board members plan a capital campaign to construct a new building for the Callier Hearing and Speech Center. They acquire a land lease of 5 1/2 acres at 1966 Inwood Road where the building will be located.

Glorig becomes the founding director of the Callier Center.

Dr. Aram Glorig
Dr. Aram Glorig

1965


1969

Callier exhibits at the State Fair of Texas, testing 2,946 visitors' hearing and offering information about center services to an estimated 15,000 attendees.

The new Callier Hearing and Speech Center building is dedicated in a ceremony attended by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and other dignitaries.

Callier begins its affiliation with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, receiving funding from the philanthropic organization for the first time.

State Fair of Texas
1965 State Fair of Texas Exhibit

1971





1972

The deaf-education program at the Callier Hearing and Speech Center becomes part of the Dallas County/Dallas ISD public school deaf education program. Many program components, including the deaf-education preschool, continue to be located on the Callier Center campus.

The center's name changes to Callier Center for Communication Disorders to reflect the broad scope and distinctiveness of its programs.

Callier Dedication Ceremony
Callier Hearing and Speech Center Dedication
(Vice President Spiro T. Agnew,
Erik Jonsson and children)

1974

The PhD program in Communication Sciences and Disorders begins at Callier with faculty paid through contract from The University of Texas at Dallas.

1975

The Callier Center becomes a component of the University of Texas at Dallas School of Human Development (later renamed the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences). The audiology and speech-language pathology undergraduate and graduate programs begin enrollment.

1977

The Child Development Program launches, serving children ages 3 to 5 in the initial program.

1984

The Preverbal Program is the first program at the Callier Center designed for children with autism.

1986

The Child Development Program receives accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and continues to receive accreditation to this day.

1988


1989

Callier dispenses the first digital hearing aid, the Nicolet Phoenix (the first wearable digital device available commercially).

The Callier Child Development Program and the Dallas ISD Deaf Education Callier Preschool collaborate to become an inclusive educational environment for children who are hearing and children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  This collaboration continues to the present.

Nicolet Phoenix digital hearing aid
Nicolet Phoenix digital hearing aid

1991



1993


1995

The cochlear implant program is created as a collaboration between the Callier Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center. The first child in North Texas receives a cochlear implant.

Callier receives a generous grant from the Crystal Charity Ball which serves as a catalyst in the funding of the cochlear implant program.

The Callier Center participates in the Cochlear Corporation’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trial for the Nucleus 22 cochlear implant, which is later approved for children in 1998.

Michael Noble
Michael Noble, age 2, hears
for the first time with the
help of a cochlear implant

1996



1999


2000

Twelve campers attend the first Cochlear Implant Summer Listening Camp held through the generosity of the Crystal Charity Ball. Today, more than 60 campers attend.

The Doctor of Audiology program is approved by the coordinating board, and enrollment begins.

The Advanced Hearing Research building is constructed, and a ceremony is held to dedicate the building located on the Callier Center campus.

Cochlear Implant Summer Listening Camp
Present-Day Cochlear Implant Summer Listening Camp

2003





2004

The Callier Center expands to include a second location on The University of Texas at Dallas campus in Richardson.

Callier participates in a pivotal study of bilateral cochlear implants in children involving the Med-El Combi 40+ device.

The Callier Child Development Program expands to include infants and toddlers in a new building constructed by UT Southwestern Medical Center on the Callier Center campus.

Callier Richardson
Callier Richardson

2008

The Callier Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Center for Brain Health enter a collaboration called the Crystal Charity Ball Autism Project (generously funded by the Crystal Charity Ball) which combines the expertise of clinicians and researchers to provide coordinated assessment, intervention, research, and support for children on the autism spectrum and their families.

2009

The University of Texas at Dallas launches its first comprehensive campaign, Realize the Vision: The Campaign for Tier One & Beyond. Callier’s goal is to raise $8 million of the total $200 million goal.

The Callier Prize is established to recognize individuals from around the world for their leadership in fostering scientific advances and significant developments in the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders.

Callier Prize
Callier Prize

2012




2013

The Callier Center launches the Communication Technology Center
(CTech)
to serve as a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration and
research, and as an incubator for technology projects focusing
on communication disorders.

The Callier Center celebrates 50 years of caring.

Communication Technology Center - CTech
A CTech Project: Cochlear Implant
Personal Digital Assistant