For Immediate Release — October 18, 2004

SCHMITT FOUNDATION SUPPORTS

SUNY GENESEO SPEECH PROGRAMS

GENESEO, N.Y. — The department of communicative disorders and sciences at the State University of New York at Geneseo has received an $8,985 grant from the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Foundation of Rochester to support the purchase, testing, and installation of a Key Elemetrics CSL/4500 Computerized Speech Lab in the college’s speech science laboratory.

According to department officials, the CSL/4500 is key to the training and education of future speech pathologists and audiologists, important to faculty/student curriculum and research, and an instrument in continuing use in ongoing research into simultaneous communication that some Geneseo faculty conduct with faculty at the National Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The department of communicative disorders and sciences has been preparing both baccalaureate and master’s degree candidates for careers as speech pathologists and audiologists for more than 50 years. A graduate may earn state certification to teach children with speech and language disabilities (N-12), a professional license to serve as a speech pathologist, or enroll in medical school.

Currently, 184 graduates work in Monroe County and serve the health care needs of hearing-impaired and deaf children, adults and families in schools, hospitals, school of the deaf, and developmental centers.

The CSL/4500 replaces an eight-year-old model of the instrument, which is obsolete and no longer useful in the department’s curriculum and cooperative research projects.

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