Park Student Documentary Featuring Work of HSHP Dept. To Screen April 15

Communication is often taken for granted, but it is what 13-year-old Alexis Runyan and four-year-old Oliver Chatterjee struggle with every day. Both children are nonverbal and cannot sign with their hands due to disorders that create a lack of muscle control.

The documentary Expressions of Hope gives a voice to these two children struggling to find their own. The film follows the children as they learn how to use various forms of assistive technology and modes of communication, and features the amazing work of Tina Caswell, clinical instructor, and her students at Ithaca College's Sir Alexander Ewing Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Screening: Expressions of Hope
Monday, April 15
5 p.m.
Textor 101

The documentary has received funding from the James B. Pendelton Student Research and Production Grant, won the Imprint Magazine Contest, been accepted into the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, and aired on WCNY.

Kelsey Greene ’12 worked on this film as part of a course taken during her spring 2012 semester. She will attend the screening along with Casswell.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kelsey Greene at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.