Your interest in pursuing a profession dedicated to helping the deaf and those with communication disorders distinguishes you from other education and therapy students.
The mission of the department of communication disorders and deaf education at Fontbonne University is to prepare knowledgeable, competent and caring professionals in speech-language pathology and deaf education. Through courses and practicum experience, knowledge is developed, professional ethics and values are formed, and opportunities are provided for guided practice to foster reflective and caring therapists and teachers who will have a positive impact on individuals, families and society.
The departmental mission statement corresponds closely with the university mission statement, as both speech-language pathology and deaf education disciplines are rooted in “personal concern.” Critical thinking, ethical behavior and assuming responsibility for one’s own behavior and the welfare of others are additional qualities included in both the departmental mission and the university mission. The goals of speech-language therapy and deaf education are always to maximize inclusion of individuals served by both professions, and this is accomplished via open communication and collaborative practice.
Fontbonne University has received more than $5 million in grants to fund graduate programs that will increase the number of professionals qualified to work with children with communication disorders or who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Dr. Susan Lenihan, professor and director of Fontbonne’s deaf education program, received the 2016 Antonia Branica Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence at the 15th Annual Early Hearing Detection Meeting in San Diego, Calif. Lenihan was one of ten international nominees.