A voice for all: Penn State research program opening new doors for communication

June 11, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Take away your voice, and everything becomes harder. With no way to communicate, it’s challenging to get an education, perform a job, or build the personal relationships that enrich our lives.

This is the reality for millions of people with conditions that make speech difficult or nearly impossible, taking away many of the things that help make life meaningful.

That’s why Janice Light, the Hintz Family Endowed Chair in Children’s Communicative Competence, has spent more than 30 years building a program at Penn State that helps people with conditions like autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome learn to communicate despite troubles with speech.

READ MORE about how Light's work is helping those without a voice be heard at impact.psu.edu.

Last Updated June 13, 2019