Rooted in the Wisconsin Idea, the UW-Madison Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders employs best practices in inclusive excellence to engage in outreach activities that directly benefit professional colleagues, students, and individuals and their families in the community. A commitment to service and outreach is not only a major part of our mission, but it is also a passion of our students and faculty.
Our outreach includes audiology and speech language pathology services at little to no cost to the underserved, education and training to the public and other professionals, and hearing loss prevention programs for those at risk for noise-induced hearing loss.
The UW Speech and Hearing Clinic and Gigi’s Playhouse of Madison have an established partnership in which graduate student clinicians have the opportunity to implement speech and language sessions with the Gigi’s participants at the Playhouse under the supervision of clinical faculty.
UWSHC audiologists and Au.D. students are passionate about healthy hearing habits! They have made it their mission to teach people how to have fun AND protect their hearing at noisy events.
Our speech-language graduate students collaborate with UW physical and occupational therapy students to develop plans and co-treat underserved or uninsured patients who need physical, occupational and speech therapy interventions in neurological rehabilitation.
The Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP) provides free or low-cost reconditioned behind-the-ear hearing aids, ear molds, and batteries to individuals with low-incomes. This program is supported by donations from the community.
UWSHC audiologists and Au.D. students participate in educational community outreach events each year. These events include campus sponsored events along with community sponsored festivals around the area.
UWSHC provides hearing health screenings to residents at the Porchlight housing site in downtown Madison. MEDiC is a student-run organization that leads six free health clinics throughout the Madison area. UW Au.D. students work alongside ophthalmology, medical, and pharmacy students to provide care and discuss cases.
Clinical and academic faculty are frequently invited to give presentations locally as well as throughout the state and nation. Our team of clinician experts present on topics ranging from hearing health care to language disorders.
UWSHC performs the hearing and middle ear screenings for over 1,000 children who attend Reach Dane each year and provides speech and language screenings for children whose teachers have identified speech or language concerns.
This event is a fun, educational program for the public about issues related to audiology and hearing. Symposium topics change each year, but the day always includes expert speakers and interactive break-out sessions.
The WISHES program provides hearing instruments for a six month period to newly identified deaf and hard of hearing children who are not Medicaid eligible and do not have other hearing aid insurance coverage.