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We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the following sources:

•  University of Iowa's NSSLHA chapter

•  Community Service Grants from the national offices of NSSLHA

•  Starkey Foundation



The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders maintains its strong tradition of service, outreach and engagement, expanding to overseas partners. As students provide much-needed services, they also learn how to adapt to environments where audiology and speech-language pathology are not established professions and in locations that may be severely lacking in resources.

A group of faculty and students has been making a mission trip to China since 2004. They provide audiology and speech-language services and hearing aids to children in need, as well as to train orphanage and hospital staff. Over the past few years, the China Project has traveled to the City of Tianjin, where they have taught at the hospital and provided services at the Tianjin Orphanage.

In Summer 2013, faculty and students from Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa traveled to Nicaragua to deliver speech-language pathology services to children at Tesoros de Dios, or “God’s treasures,” in Managua. In addition to providing care in communication, hearing, feeding and swallowing, the group fosters self-sufficiency by educating caretakers in these skills.

We seek financial support to offset the significant travel costs. We try to keep the cost as low as possible for students, as we believe this may be their greatest learning opportunities of their educational experiences.

Ruth Bentler & Liz Delsandro, China Project Co-Leaders
Ann Fennell, Nicaragua Project Leader

2014 participants
Click on the photos below to get to know members of the 2014 CSD International Engagement team.


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