Friday, January 20, 2012
A little more than a year ago, a student came by my office with an idea. She had just attended a professional conference in her academic field of study, speech-language pathology. At the conference, she went to a session highlighting a specialized service in her discipline that was being offered elsewhere. She thought it would be a great addition to her academic program here, as well as provide a needed resource.
Another student in the program had also attended the session, and met with the Program Director of the Ewing Speech and Hearing Clinic here at Ithaca College. The two students were very interested and very passionate about the possibilities, and encouraged a series of meetings that led to a unique collaboration - a new service that will launch this semester!
The Voice and Communication Modification Program for People in the Transgender Community is a collaboration between the Sir Alexander Ewing Speech and Hearing Clinic at Ithaca College, the LGBT Center at Ithaca College, and Planned Parenthood. This program will focus on developing voice, articulation, language, non-verbal communication, self perception, and voice related quality of life, and is open to both male to female and female to male transgender people.
The new program will provide a strong resource to the community by providing the most current treatment methods in the area of transgender communication, as well as provide experiential learning opportunities to graduate students who are obtaining their Master of Science degree in the area of Speech-Language Pathology at IC.
The group is offered at no charge for IC students, faculty and staff, and to family of staff and faculty. Community members that do not fit into the above categories will pay a nominal fee. Please contact the Ewing Clinic at 607-274-3714 for more information. Additional info is available, as well as the program brochure.
If you or someone you know may be interested in this service, please encourage them to contact the Ewing Clinic for more information.