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.
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.
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.
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.