Nationwide, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States has implemented a very successful program to help children with speech and language disorders. The Scottish Rite RiteCare® clinics provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities. Today, there are 178 RiteCare® clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the sup-port of Scottish Rite members, tens of thousands of youngsters across the United States have been helped significantly. Facilitating the good work of dedicated clinicians and parents, the Scottish Rite has achieved dramatic successes. Children who might have remained educationally behind for a lifetime can now talk, read, and lead productive lives.
In Kansas, seven Scottish Rite organizations, called Valleys, are organized and coordinate their philanthropic speech, hear-ing, language, and learning disa-bilities programs in conjunction with the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics at KU Medical Center, University of Kansas, Wichita State University, and Ft. Hays State University. The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Valleys in Kansas include the: Armed Forces Scottish Rite Bodies, Ft. Leavenworth; Scottish Rite Temple, Ft. Scott; Scottish Rite Center, Lawrence; Northeast Kansas Scottish Rite Center, Prairie Village; Scottish Rite Center, Salina; Scottish Rite Center, Topeka; and, Scottish Rite Center, Wichita.