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Sponsored Silence gives voice to communication impairments

01/10/2011

Miami University's National Student Speech Hearing and Language Association will host Sponsored Silence, a special event to raise awareness and funding for augmentative and alternative communication devices, during the RedHawks’ basketball game against Buffalo at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in Millett Hall.

The American Speech Language and Hearing Association estimates that about 12 in 1,000 people have severe communication impairments that require them to use specialized communication devices. The availability of these augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices can greatly improve life for those individuals with both short-term and long-term communication disorders.

The Sponsored Silence event features the singing of the national anthem via an AAC user, video testimonials of device users and footage of the device being used by Brad Bates, Miami’s athletic director.

Sponsorships and donations at the game will help raise money for scholarship funds to help individuals obtain speech therapy to learn how to use their devices.

Community members can purchase discounted tickets of $8 to Thursday’s game by mentioning Sponsored Silence. Contact the Miami athletic ticket office, 866-684-2957.

In 2008 rankings by U.S. News and World Report, Miami’s speech pathology and audiology program ranked among the top 20 percent of all programs nationally, while ranking seventh nationally among graduate programs only offering a master’s degree. The program encompasses the full-service Miami University Speech & Hearing Clinic, in which students participate in patient care and gain a real-world perspective of the profession. The clinic provides diagnostic testing and treatment for communication disorders.

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