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UNI expands study of communication disorders

April 27, 2012
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Kenneth Bleile, professor, communication sciences and disorders, 319-273-2577, ken.bleile@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students are preparing to leave for Brazil to participate in a new program to study communication disorders across two different languages and cultures. The three-year project involves student exchange as well as cross-cultural and cross-linguistic curriculum development for students at the University of Northern Iowa, East Tennessee University, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria and Universidade de Sao Paulo-Bauru.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Through this unique opportunity, students will learn the social and cultural differences that exist across cultures while also understanding the different treatments of communication disorders in a different country. The project director at UNI is Ken Bleile, professor of communication sciences and disorders.

"This is the first grant of its kind -- the first opportunity for American students in communication sciences and disorders to exchange with students in Brazil," said Bleile. "This grant brings the world to the doorstep of UNI students in communication sciences and disorders."

For additional information, contact Bleile at 319-273-2577 or ken.bleile@uni.edu.