June 2015 Jennifer Schoffer Closson, a speech-language pathologist and director of pediatric services at the University of Montana’s RiteCare Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, was honored with the school’s 2015 Americans With Disabilities Act Award for her work in a university program, the Mentoring, Organization and Social Support for Autism Inclusion ... People
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The ASHA Leader, June 2015, Vol. 20, 20-21. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.20062015.20
The ASHA Leader, June 2015, Vol. 20, 20-21. doi:10.1044/leader.PPL.20062015.20
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Jennifer Schoffer Closson, a speech-language pathologist and director of pediatric services at the University of Montana’s RiteCare Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, was honored with the school’s 2015 Americans With Disabilities Act Award for her work in a university program, the Mentoring, Organization and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus (MOSSAIC). MOSSAIC, offered by the RiteCare clinic, provides support for people transitioning to the university who have autism spectrum disorder or other social/organizational challenges … Barry Guitar, professor of communication sciences and disorders at the University of Vermont, received the Vermont alumni association’s 2015 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award, recognizing excellence in teaching, advising and inspiring students. Guitar teaches and supervises clinical work in stuttering … Kim Jirik, a speech-language pathologist in the Lakeville (Minnesota) Area Public Schools’ early childhood special education department, was chosen as the Minnesota representative for the National Education Association’s Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. She will join 45 other educators from across the country at a Washington, D.C., gala in February 2016 to compete for one of five Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence … SLP Nancy R. Kaufman, owner/director of the Kaufman Children’s Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan, was honored as the 2015 Community Excellence Business Person of the Year by the city’s chamber of commerce. Kaufman specializes in treatment of childhood apraxia and other speech disorders … Arlene A. Pietranton, ASHA chief executive officer, received the Professional Society CEO of the Year award from CEO Update. Pietranton is one of three association leaders recognized as a part of the publication’s 2015 Association Leadership Awards.
In the news
Richard Adler, Christie Block, Anita Kozan and Carol Rue, speech-language pathologists with expertise in the area of transgender voice modification, were featured in a March 25 Star Tribune (Minneapolis) article illustrating how SLPs help transgender people transition their voices along with their identitiesSamuel Atcherson, assistant professor of audiology at the University of Arkansas, was featured in the AARP article “10 Ways to Manage Hearing Loss at Work” (March 17), offering strategies for employees with hearing loss to best perform their jobs … Nan Bernstein Ratner, professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland, was quoted in a “Newsweek” article, “How Stuttering Songbirds Could Cure It in People” (Feb. 7), offering perspective on a study that may have found similarity in vocalization genes of humans and birds such as parrots or songbirds … Pablo Antonio Ysunza, an SLP and physician who coordinates speech services at the Ian Jackson Craniofacial and Cleft Palate Clinic at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, was featured in a March 29 news segment on Detroit’s NBC affiliate, WDIV-TV. He performed surgery on a 16-year-old high school student with a nasally voice who dreams of a career in musical theater. A tailor-made pharyngeal flap operation corrected the nasality.
Deaths
Thelma Pauline Albritton, 81, on Sept. 20, 2014, in Matthews, North Carolina. After earning a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and education from Greensboro College in 1956 and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Oregon in 1961, she joined the speech pathology faculty at Eastern Michigan University. Albritton, an ASHA Fellow and Life Member, served for one year as ASHA’s first associate secretary for school-clinic affairs and was the editor of the inaugural issue of ASHA’s journal Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Albritton was the 1969–1970 president of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association and later moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she was associate director of the speech-language pathology master’s program at Nova Southeastern University.
Robert David Baskervill, 76, on Oct. 24, 2014, in Buffalo, New York. Before becoming one of the first African-Americans to maintain a full-time, stand-alone speech-language pathology private practice, Baskervill earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Hampton University in 1960, his master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the College of St. Rose in 1968, and his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1970. He served as an associate professor of speech-language pathology at Buffalo State College and Nazareth College. Baskervill was a volunteer with the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and an ASHA Life Member who served on many ASHA committees and boards.
Steven Viehweg, 75, on April 8, 2015, in Hyrum, Utah. Viehweg received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology from Utah State University, and earned his PhD in audiology at Northwestern University. A clinician and professor, he taught communicative disorders and audiology at Utah State for more than 36 years until his retirement in 2000, and was named the university’s Eldon J. Gardner Teacher of the Year in 1972. Viehweg also started a private practice, Bridgerland Audiology, in Logan, Utah. He was a founding member and past president of the Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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