Senator Sandra R. Williams presents Kay McNeal, Clinical Program Director at Case Western with a Senate Proclamation at the Ohio Statehouse.

COLUMBUS— This week, State Senator Sandra R. Williams honored the Communication Sciences & Disorders Program at Case Western Reserve University at the Ohio Statehouse in recognition of its 50th Anniversary. Kay McNeal, Clinical Program Director for the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western accepted the Senate Proclamation on behalf of the leadership and staff of the program.
“Case Western Reserve University’s Communication Sciences & Disorders Program has long been a leader in their field,” stated Senator Williams. “Their program was one of the first to receive a national accreditation through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. “I commend these compassionate men and women for their dedication to helping toddlers learn to speak and for the essential services they provide the elderly and those recovering from brain injuries and other illnesses.”
Fifty years ago, Communication Sciences & Disorders was an emerging field of study, and since then has become a prominent field of medicine and academia. The U.S. Department of Labor notes that from 2012 to 2022 America will need an estimated 26,000 more speech pathologists to meet the growing needs of those with communication disorders.

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