In the early 1950’s in Colorado, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language disorders. The results obtained from this program led to the establishment of RiteCare clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.
Today, there are 170 RiteCare clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned for children and therapists located throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the support of Scottish Rite members, these clinics, centers and programs continue to increase. The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Tens of thousands of youngsters across the United Stated have been helped significantly. With the good work of dedicated clinicians and parents, the Scottish Rite has achieved successes that could only be imagined a few years back. Children who might have remained educationally handicapped for a lifetime can now talk, read, and lead useful lives.
The Memphis Scottish Rite has established the Scottish Rite Foundation which raises funds to support the language disorder center located on the UT Health Science Center in Memphis. This is a program contained within the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities. For more information, contact the Boling Center at: