Cathy Binger and Jennifer Kent-Walsh are researchers who study ways to improve outcomes for people who use AAC (see below for more details on AAC). Specifically, their research focuses on helping to ensure that children with severe speech impairments meet their full communicative potential - and of course, when children can communicate more effectively, they can achieve better educational and social outcomes as well.
Cathy and Jennifer met in 2001 while obtaining their PhDs from Penn State University. They both studied under the advisement of Dr. Janice Light, and they have been working together on various research projects since they graduated. Details of their work are located on the various pages of this site.
Click on the YouTube video below to learn more about federally funded projects Cathy and Jennifer are currently working on. For additional information, please visit the website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.
This website may be of interest for anyone interested in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC refers to the use of anything other than speech to communicate: gestures, sign language, picture symbols, and computerized voice output devices.
Essentially, anyone who cannot meet their communication needs by speaking may benefit from using some kind of AAC. People from all walks of life, of all ages, and with a wide variety of impairments may benefit from using AAC. See our link to Who Might Use AAC? for more information.
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