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Renowned Artist Visits DuBard School for Language Disorders PDF Print E-mail
Friday, October 16, 2009
Contact Van Arnold, 601.266.5568   
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Tom Harmon did not allow a hearing disability to block his dream of becoming an artist. And that’s the message he hopes will resonate with students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Harmon is providing his services as an artist in residence through a VSA Arts of Mississippi grant. He will continue to conduct art classes at the school from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 19, 22 and 23.

“I’ve adjusted to my hearing disabilities. In a sense, I live who I am,” said Harmon. “I’ve learned to maximize my strengths, and I hope the students who I teach will do the same.”

Harmon has been impressed thus far with the enthusiasm shown by the DuBard pupils. “They are very eager to learn. They’re not afraid of experimenting with their actions, concepts and words,” he said. “As an educator the best reward is seeing your students get it.”

The DuBard School was established in 1962 and serves as a clinical division of the Southern Miss Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. The school, a United Way Agency, serves children with severe language-speech disorders and/or hearing impairments and provides guidance and counseling for parents and families of the children. The school is a practicum site for university students majoring in speech-language pathology, audiology or deaf education. To learn more visit www.usm/dubard/


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Tom Harmon, senior artist in residence for the VSA Arts of Mississippi Community Art Group, discusses his work with students at the DuBard School for Language Disorders during a visit on Thursday, Oct. 15. Harmon will return for discussions on Oct. 19, 22 and 23. (Office of University Communications photo by Steve Rouse)
 
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