Communication Disorders

Communication disorders encompass a wide variety of problems in speech, language, hearing and related areas. The following web sites deal with communication disorders from a very broad perspective; more specific sites can be found in related subjects.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is a professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Its web site features a wealth of information about speech, language, swallowing, hearing, and balance disorders. It also includes an online directory of credentialed audiology and speech-language-pathology programs.
General Information About Speech and Language Disorders
This fact sheet from the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities provides a good overview and list of resources for parents and professionals.
The home page of the International Association of Laryngectomees (IAL) provides information about speech therapists, support groups, products, events, and other topics of interest to laryngectomees.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
NIDCD conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research relating to hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. Its web site includes news and events, current research, health information, and grants and contracts. Many of NIDCD’s excellent, consumer-oriented publications appear in the health information section, along with access to other health information databases and resources.
Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences: An Internet Guide
Judith Maginnis Kuster provides a comprehensive guide to online resources relating to communications. Topics covered include discussion forums and electronic newsletters, communication disorders and sciences, speech and language disorders, stuttering, hearing and hearing disability, online courses, commercial products, and more. While the orientation is academic, consumers with an eye towards good research will find the site very valuable. [Editor’s note: the pages we spot-checked in February 2001 had not been updated since 1999.]
Speech to Speech Relay (STS) enables people with speech impairments to use their own voice or a communication device to make a phone call. This site provides information about STS and other topics of interest to people with speech impairments.
Related Subjects
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Deafness and Hearing Impairments
Facial Differences
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