SLHS Outreach

The University of Arizona is home to the largest concentration of science research and education in the Southwestern United States, and SLHS faculty and staff are proud to carry on the tradition of outreach to the Tucson and Southern Arizona communities.

The department organizes several annual conferences.

Here is a sampling of the many activities our faculty, staff, and students engage in:

The L4 Community Forum Program provides an opportunity for practicing speech language pathologists to engage in learning and sharing of ideas in an interactive setting moderated by faculty and students engaging in current research in young children with language and literacy issues.

The Sertoma Arizona Hearing Aid Bank is a collaborative project between SLHS’s Hearing Clinic,The Tucson Midtown Sertoma Club and the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf (COPD). Through this program, we provide reconditioned hearing aids at a drastically reduced cost to those who might not otherwise be able to afford them. We are always looking for donated hearing aids and funding, because the quality of the program depends on both. If you would like to make a donation, please contact John Masunas at SERTOMA: 520.730.7965. If you are in need of services, contact COPD to see if you qualify for the program, 520.792.1906.

Our Colloquium Series, held most Mondays from 12:00 to 12:50 during the school year, brings together researchers and practitioners from a variety of fields and interest areas to share their knowledge and engage in thoughtful discussion regarding the science of human communication and its disorders.

Each year, our Hearing Clinic, along with our speech-language pathology and audiology graduate students, participates in annual Community Health Fairs. These include the Tucson Festival of Hope and the Healthy Aging Expo.

The Community Lectures Series highlights research and clinical aspects of speech, language, and hearing to the Tucson and Southern Arizona communities. Each 45 minute talk gives the audience a unique opportunity to meet and interact with some of the leading authorities in the area of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

One-day Interactive Camps for Adolescents with Autism or Aspergers have included “Chemistry Can Be Fun” and “Optics and Astronomy Camp: Seeing is Believing.” These camps are possible through funding from the Autism Society Southern Arizona and through collaborations between SLHS, Chem/Biochemistry, Radiology Research, Optics, Education, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Aeromechanical Engineering, and the School of Art.

It Takes Two to Talk: The Hanen Program for Parents 12-week program has been provided for families attending our speech-language clinic and community families who want to learn how to create and take advantage of everyday opportunities to promote their child’s communication and language development.

SLHS and ALOHA (Adults Loss of Hearing Association) collaborate on engaging and informative workshops for individuals living with hearing loss. These workshops take place on campus, at ALOHA, and in Green Valley.

Saint Andrews Children’s Clinic in Nogales, Arizona is a multi-specialty clinic held the first Thursday of each month and designed to provide free diagnostic services to Mexican children who are medically indigent. Services include audiology, therapies, pediatrics, orthotics, neurology, nutrition, vision and other specialties. We also collaborate with personnel from the Sistema de Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF), Manos que Hablan (Hands That Talk), and ARSOBO (Arizona-Sonora Border Projects) to serve adults and others who do not qualify for services from St. Andrew’s Clinic.