About Us

Our Story

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Bolesta Center Past

The Bolesta Center at USF was originally founded in 1961 by Mrs. Denny Bolesta. She believed that all children who are deaf can learn to use spoken language.  She created the Bolesta Center to teach children who were deaf and hard of hearing to speak, instead of using sign language or lip reading to communicate.

Bolesta Center Present

In 2010, the Bolesta Center became part of the University of South Florida's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). As technology has advanced to provide individuals with high quality devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants, individuals who receive services at our center are meeting incredible objectives.

Bolesta Center Future

The Bolesta Center at USF has retained the mission of the Bolesta Center and expanded in an effort to touch more lives. The Bolesta Speech-Language Pathologists use a listening and spoken language therapy approach to improve the lives of children and adults with hearing impairments and auditory processing disorders.