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Our Mission...

Humans use language to communicate, and this communication can take many forms: speech and hearing, reading and writing, signing, cueing, and augmentative/alternative forms of communication.  At the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, our mission is to foster human communication by:

  • Conducting research that increases the scientific understanding of communication in both typically-developing and communication-disordered populations.
  • Educating and mentoring scientists, clinicians, and interpreters who work according to best practices.
  • Operating teaching clinics that provide high quality diagnostic and treatment services to diverse populations.
  • Advocating for and raising awareness of the communication needs and the rights of Deaf people and of those with speech, language, and hearing disorders.

Core Values

  • Integrity – ethical conduct in research, teaching and service
  • Respect – fair and equitable interpersonal relationships among faculty, staff, students, and community members
  • Collaboration – mutually beneficial (reciprocal) relationships at department, college, university and community levels
  • Scholarship – knowledge generation, dissemination and application

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Clinic Services

  • Speech/Language Services
  • Speech/Language Services
  • Speech/Language Services

Speech Language and Hearing Clinic

The Speech Language and Hearing Center was founded in 1969, and provides nearly 20,000 hours of speech and hearing services to the community annually. In Spring 2001, the Center was relocated into a new 47,800 square foot, state-of-the-art facility.

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  • Blindness separates us from things, but deafness separates us from people
    Blindness separates us from things, but deafness separates us from people
  • CSD Professor Emeritus Receives Honors from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    The highest award that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) confers has been given to Elaine R. Silliman, PhD. The Honors of the association recognize members for their distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. This acknowledgment is limited to individuals who are well-known throughout the nation and the world for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching and other distinguished professional contributions. The award ceremony will be held at the annual meeting of the association in November, which will be held in Orlando, Florida.

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