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PhotographÂ was edited for publication purposes The John Tracy Clinic was founded in 1942 by Louise Tracy, wife of actor Spencer Tracy. In 1925, the couple's son John was diagnosed with profound hearing loss at 10 months old. Mrs. Tracy worked with him and taught him lip-reading and encouraged him to learn how to speak. She opposed sign language. The clinic established programs to educate and offer emotional support to parents and their preschool deaf youngsters, free of charge. The clinic has locations in Los Angeles and Long Beach, and offers online services to families. Photograph caption dated March 15, 1965 partially reads "Two new chapters for the Desibelles for the John Tracy Clinic for pre-school deaf children have been formed--the Audiobelles of the West Valley and the Acoustibelles of the East Valley. Presenting a check for funds raised by the two chapters to Mrs. Spencer Tracy, clinic founder, center, at a luncheon at the Queen's Arms are, from left, Mrs. Eugene Bruce, North Hollywood, and Mrs. Ralph Dill, Northridge. Mrs. William Thompson, who was unable to attend the event, founded the Desibelles with a desire to inform and educate friends and acquaintances about the work of the clinic and to raise funds for its support. The clinic is a world-wide free service for the benefit of all pre-school deaf children. Anyone can attend classes at the clinic to learn how to work with the deaf child, but a child is not accepted unless the parent also is enrolled." The Queen's Arms Restaurant was located in Encino.
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