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Communication Modification Program for Transgender People to be Offered at Ithaca College

 ITHACA, NY — A new program at Ithaca College offering voice and communication modification instruction for transgender people from the college and the broader community will start in February. Beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Sir Alexander Ewing Speech Clinic on the Ithaca College campus, the program will take place on Tuesday evenings throughout the spring 2012 semester. The meetings are free to Ithaca College students, faculty and staff; others will be charged a nominal fee. For more information, contact Mary Pitti at (607) 274-1765 or

“The program will focus on developing voice, articulation, language, nonverbal communication and self perception,” said Pitti, clinical assistant professor and clinical program director in the college’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. “It is open to both male-to-female and female-to-male transgender people.”

Joe Zanfordino, adjunct clinical faculty and a local speech-language pathologist, will lead the group and share his expertise and experience of speech, language, voice and nonverbal communication considerations specific to this population. Pitti will assist by instructing the group on voice modification techniques. Three speech-language pathology graduate students will train the transgender participants under Zanfordino’s direction and supervision.

“The program is designed to provide a concrete communication program in a supportive environment,” Pitti said. “The sessions will be individually designed for the goals of each participant.”

The program is a collaboration between the Ewing Speech Clinic; Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services; and Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes.