The Gift of Communication

”Of all the gifts bestowed upon humanity, the ability to communicate is one of the most important. Any impairment of this ability can have far–reaching consequences, affecting every aspect of a person’s life, from learning, to work to interactions with family, friends, and community. Audiologists and speechlanguage pathologists provide services to prevent, diagnose, evaluate and treat communication disorders.”

—American Speech–Language–Hearing Association”

About this Blog

This blog is an extension of “Keys to Communication: Speech and Hearing Sciences.”  Its purpose is to keep the exhibit alive by adding information that could not be included in the online, including new news as well as interactivity and input from users (YOU!).

This is from the online exhibit:

“From helping a child with autism to be successful in the classroom, to providing therapy for a man struggling with aphasia after a stroke, to seeing the look in a mother’s eyes when she hears her child say “I love you” for the first time, speech and hearing professionals make a difference in people’s lives every day.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the UNC Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences (DSHS), the UNC Health Sciences Library and the DSHS have collaborated to present an exhibit highlighting the activities of speech and hearing professionals, with an emphasis on the specialty areas of UNC faculty. A physical exhibit is on display in the entrance foyer of the Health Sciences Library, and is complemented by an online exhibit with enhanced content, including videotaped interviews and links to resources on the web.

The exhibit covers the various activities of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, as well as brief histories of the speech and hearing professions. In keeping with the anniversary theme, the exhibit gives an overview of the development of the DSHS, with commentary from Bob Peters, the first Division Director. Descriptions of the division’s programs include insights from current students and alumni.”

Please participate by sending information to this blog. You can do this by commenting on a post (see Comment form below each post on the main blog page) or using the comment on this (“About”) page.  Please include your contact information so that we can respond to your comment. Comments aren’t immediately published. The go into a queue that blog adminstrators (currently Barbara Renner and Robert Ladd) will read. We will help you tell your story if you would like… for example, we can conduct audio or video interviews, or help you develop the story yourself, if you wish.

Blog design and photography: Robert Ladd
Blog Editors: Robert Ladd and Barbara Renner

The HSL Liaison to Allied Health Sciences is Barbara Renner.


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