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Communication Disorders and Deaf Education Department

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Excel in a mission-based profession dedicated to serving others

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.

Areas of Study

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Inspiration and Determination Fuel Clinic Mission

The Eardley Family Clinic for Speech, Language and Hearing — now free — gives clients hope, confidence and community.

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Grants for Graduate Programs

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.

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View Our Camps

Our camps facilitate participation of AACS users and their families in a weekend family-based camp with a theater theme.

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