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.