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      Toledo Hearing and Speech Center closing

      <font size="2">T<font face="Times New Roman">he center's executive director says rising expenses and declining funding led to the non-profits demise.</font></font>

      Hundreds of deaf and hearing impaired children in northwest Ohio will have to find other places to get help.

      The board of trustees of the Toledo Hearing and Speech Center decided to close the center Friday.

      The Toledo Hearing and Speech Center provides speech, hearing, and occupational therapy services for more than 700 children who attend public and charter schools throughout the area.

      It all boils down to money. The center's executive director says rising expenses and declining funding led to the non-profits demise.

      The news release also cited a decrease in insurance reimbursements and Medicaid reimbursements.

      As a result of the centers closing, Executive Director Pam Myers explains 35 employees will lose their jobs. Myers adds that staff is working to find other resources for the more than 700 children who depend on the centers services.