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Cullowhee Conference on Communicative Disorders

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30th Anniversary
Cullowhee Conference on Communicative Disorders 2024
Thursday April 11 - 8:30am to 4:00pm  (Optional lunch available)
Friday, April 12 - 8:30am to 12:00 Noon
WCU Health and Human Sciences Building

In-Person (both days): $75.00   |  Virtual Option (both days)  $75.00
Optional boxed lunch available on Thursday ($15).

DOWNLOAD - AE3-Backmatter-Appendix 

DOWNLOAD - CLEF -Open - 2018

Link to Powerpoint - Thursday

Link to Powerpoint - Friday

Sources - Brady


This conference is approved for 1.0 ASHA CEUs.

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It has finally happened! This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Cullowhee Conference on Communicative Disorders. In celebration, the event, scheduled for April 11th and 12th, will feature Drs. Walt Wolfram and Nancy Brady.

Dr. Walt Wolfram professional photo


Dr. Wolfram is the William C. Frady Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University where he directs the North Carolina Language and Life project. Professor Wolfram is particularly interested in the application of sociolinguistic information to the public, as executive producer of fifteen television documentaries, the construction of six museum exhibits, and the development of innovative formal and informal materials related to language diversity. He has received two Emmy awards for documentaries, and has received numerous awards, including the North Carolina Award (the highest award given to a citizen of North Carolina), Caldwell Humanities Laureate from the NC Humanities Council, the Holladay Medal at NC State, and the Linguistics, Language, and the Public Award from the Linguistic Society of America. He has served as President of the Linguistic Society of America, the American Dialect Society, and the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, and has been inducted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He will be speaking about dialect and its importance for SLPs.

Nancy Brady professional photo


Dr. Nancy Brady is a professor in the department of Speech Language and Hearing Science at the University of Kansas and an ASHA Fellow. Dr. Brady’s research focuses on understanding how pre-speech communication develops, identifying aspects of pre-speech communication related to language development, and developing interventions aimed at promoting language by strengthening these foundational skills. A certified Speech Language Pathologist, Dr. Brady’s research informs clinical practice, particularly for individuals with severe autism, Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, rare disorders associated with intellectual disabilities, and children with sensory impairments such as deaf-blindness. Dr. Brady’s research program has resulted in over eighty peer- reviewed journal articles plus an edited book, numerous book chapters and conference presentations. She is the creator of the Communication Complexity Scale (CCS), and innovative tool for measuring emergent communication. She will be sharing her research and its clinical applications.

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