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School of Communication Disorders and Deafness

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On April 23, 2012

World Class Education is what Kean University prides itself on, and the School of Communication Disorders and Deafness definitely is modeled under that belief. Among only two universities in the state of New Jersey to offer an undergraduate program in the concentration, admission is very competitive. Kean is also the oldest university in the state to offer such degrees. "I believe Kean recognized back then how important this work is, as do we today. From working with babies who are suffering from brain damage to the elderly who have developed alzhymers, across the board these types of professions have been proven to save lives and dramatically help patience. It is very important and necessary work" said Executive Director Dr. Martin Shulman, who has work at Kean in the Department of Communication Disorders and Deafness for the past 38 years.


Core classes that students in the undergraduate program must take are American Sign Language, anatomy, and the Phranetic alphabet. Likewise, graduate students have the opportunity to be observed by professionals working in the clinic both on a one-on-one level with patience or in a support group setting. "I love the atmosphere of this center," stated Roxana Verde, a speech pathology graduate assistant.


The clinic has also impacted the community in a strong way. Marcus, an eight year old with a sever processing delay has been going to the clinic for 3 years who otherwise would not be able to receive care due to insurance purposes. "I have seen a very positive difference in Marcus since bringing him year. It's very affordable, accessible, his use of speech has dramatically improved and above all else, he loves coming here and playing with other kids who have the same condition." Said Katrina Hechauarria, Marcus's mom.


"Various clients have told me that our on campus clinic has helped them more than any other rehabilitation center they've been to. Coming here and being able to relate to our students and each other has made all the difference. It's really a very emotional process" Stated Shulman before touching on how he found himself perusing this profession. "I've always wanted to go in to a profession that helped people. I ended up taking some classes in performance and language development and it all came together from there. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I love this place and I love my students."

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