Communications Disorders and Sciences

  • Student awardees
  • students and faculty at the american speech, language and hearing association november 2019 annual convention in orlando florida

    ASHA Conference, Orlando, Florida

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    Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences

Department Policies

CDS: Language Skill Proficiencies: Clinic Phase Courses and Graduate Programs

♦ ASHA Position Statement

It is the position of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) that students and professionals in communication sciences and disorders who speak with accents and/or dialects can effectively provide speech, language, and audiological services to persons with communication disorders as long as they have the expected level of knowledge in normal and disordered communication, the expected level of diagnostic and clinical case management skills, and if modeling is necessary, are able to model the target phoneme, grammatical feature, or other aspect of speech and language that characterizes the client's particular problem. All individuals speak with an accent and/or dialect; thus, the nonacceptance of individuals into higher education programs or into the professions solely on the basis of the presence of an accent or dialect is discriminatory. Members of ASHA must not discriminate against persons who speak with an accent and/or dialect in educational programs, employment, or service delivery, and should encourage an understanding of linguistic differences among consumers and the general population.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (1998). Students and Professionals Who Speak English With Accents and Nonstandard Dialects: Issues and Recommendations [Position Statement]. Available from


♦ ACAE Standard 22: Required Knowledge & Competencies: The program must provide evidence that each student is able to, 1) Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form [ ... ], and 2) Produce professional written reports [ ... ] during clinical experiences.

Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education, available from ACAE Website

For the Policy and Procedures for the M.S. SLP State-side (Residential), the M.S. SLP Distance Learning Program, and the Doctor of Audiology Program, please see the Department's information pagelet:  Spoken and Written Language Proficiencies

CDS: Support of Neurodiversity in the CDS Program

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) is a valuable resource for many students in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.  Current students, as well as potential students, are encouraged to include contact with DRES as students plan for the current semester in which they are enrolled, or once they have received an offer of admission.  The professionals at DRES collaborate closely with faculty and staff in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences in order to support, ". . . the attainment of academic, professional and personal goals for persons of all abilities." 

CSUN's Nondiscrimination Policy

Nondiscrimination Policy and Complaint Procedures

CSUN is comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds. The university takes pride in being a culturally pluralistic campus that promotes equal opportunity. It is essential that the entire university community recognize the need for an awareness of, sensitivity to and respect for the cultural heritage, gender and sexual orientation of others. Individual(s) or group(s) actions or activities that promote degrading or demeaning social stereotypes based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status will not be tolerated. Students who behave abusively toward members of the university community based on the aforementioned criteria will face serious consequences and will be subject to disciplinary action. Any student who commits acts of discrimination, harassment or retaliation manifested by acts or threats of physical abuse, verbal abuse and/or hazing activities may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the university.

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