Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is better hearing and speech month, an opportunity to highlight the ways Speech-Language Pathologists can improve quality of life for millions of people.  “Communication is the Key to Connection.” I have experienced this to be true over and over, and I have the opportunity to help people communicate and connect in ways they couldn’t […]

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Life with a Disability

I, Allison Shipp, have a disability.  You cannot see it by looking at me; I don’t require a wheelchair to get around or need special technology to read my mail.  However, my disability impacts me daily.  It is a part of who I am as a person, even if it is invisible to most around […]

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What is Music Therapy?

When someone asks, “what do you do?” I imagine they expect an answer like teaching or counseling.  Based on the looks and questions that inevitably follow, “I am a music therapist” is not what they anticipated.  Granted the response these days is more often, “oh, you have an awesome job!”  This was not the case […]

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“For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier.” “For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.” - IBM training manual

What is Assistive Technology?

What is “assistive technology” anyway? If you have never heard this term, you are not alone. The textbook definition of assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, product system, or software that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.  Ok, that’s great, but what is it anyway?  […]

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