BUFFALO, N.Y -- Giving so that others can communicate, DynaVox
Technologies has donated equipment and systems valued at nearly
$116,000 to the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences
in the University at Buffalo's College of Arts and Sciences.
The hardware and software will support UB's Center for
Excellence in Augmented Communication (CEAC) in the areas of
clinical practice, teaching and professional training, says Jeffery
Higginbotham, Ph.D., center director and associate professor in the
UB Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences.
"Without this gift from DynaVox, we would not be able to serve
nearly as many clients as we do, nor offer as complete an
educational opportunity," Higginbotham said. "Now we can provide
hands-on, high-quality training for our graduate students, who will
become the profession's leading practitioners."
The center trains speech-language pathologists, and each year
serves many Western New Yorkers with a variety of complex
communication needs due to laryngectomy, Asperger's syndrome,
autism, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple
sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), Alzheimer's disease and
In addition to training students and serving individual clients,
CEAC conducts research, hosts support groups, provides workshops
for professionals and consults with area agencies.
"It's very exciting for us to share our technology with UB,"
said Joe Swenson, president and CEO of DynaVox Technologies.
"Professor Higginbotham is a leading researcher and clinician in
the field and his work not only benefits those in need, but it also
advances the profession and provides companies like ours with
feedback that leads to ever greater innovations."
Based in Pittsburgh, DynaVox Technologies is a privately held
company that develops software and hardware technology to improve
the quality of life for the nearly 4 million children and adults in
the U.S. with severe speech disabilities.
For more information on the CEAC and its activities, call (716)
829-2795 ext. 633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Web site
address is http://ubceac.org.
To learn more about DynaVox Technologies and its products,
visit http://www.dynavoxtech.com or