ERIC Number: ED477214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-30
Delivery of Speech Services to Minorities, 1997-2001. Final Performance Report. Executive Summary.
Acevedo, Mary Ann
This final report discusses the activities and outcomes of a project designed to prepare speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to work with culturally and linguistically diverse infant/toddlers, preschoolers, children, and youth, specifically those of Mexican-American heritage. The project supported graduate students earning a master's degree in communication disorders at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, who were enrolled in the CDIS Program, an American Speech Hearing Language Association accredited program in speech-language pathology. The CDIS Program provided three bilingual courses for a total of 5 additional hours to students supported by this grant. These courses, which increased the students' knowledge of bilingual language development and disorders, were open to all students as well as to professionals in the area. The project resulted in the graduation of 32 students with master's degrees in communication disorders. Twenty-eight of the 32 graduates were Hispanic and 4 were non-Hispanic. Out of the total of 40 Spanish-speaking students provided financial support during the grant's four-year period, 34 will have completed the program and earned their master's degree. Twenty-six of the 32 graduates assumed full-time jobs with public schools or early childhood intervention programs immediately upon graduation. (CR)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingual Education Programs, Bilingual Special Education, Communication Disorders, Diversity, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Language Acquisition, Language Impairments, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Preschool Education, Spanish Speaking, Special Programs, Speech Language Pathologists, Speech Language Pathology
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Our Lady of the Lake Univ., San Antonio, TX.