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2011 Faculty & Staff News

Longwood professor engaged in several professional activities in audiology and speech-language pathology

August 4, 2011

Dr. Lissa Power-deFur

Dr. Lissa Power-deFur, professor and graduate coordinator of the Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSDS) program, has been engaged in several professional activities this summer.

Power-deFur was trained as a site visitor by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The training took place July 8-10 in Rockville, Md. She will visit other universities that are being accredited.

In addition, Power-deFur spoke June 22 at the speech-language pathology institute that the Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Center at James Madison University hosts every June. In the morning, she spoke on writing Individualized Education Programs, also called IEPs, and in the afternoon she spoke linking speech-language pathology to the curriculum.

Power-deFur also served on the planning committee for, and was the on-site program supervisor for, Camp Loud and Clear, an overnight camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing kids. The camp, held July 15-17 at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, accommodated kids with cochlear implants and hearing aids as well as sign language users. "This was the first opportunity that most of these kids have had to go to camp," Power-deFur said. Two Longwood students - Allison Chaplin and Andrew Hockenbery, both graduate students in the CSDS program - and a May 2011 Longwood graduate, Ryan O'Bar, served as counselors.