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Barbara Shadden ANCDS Interview

What led you to career as SLP?  My path to speech-language pathology was anything but direct. It began with a deep desire to become an MD, transitioned to psychology and a wish to pursue social work, and then an unexpected leap of faith into the world of speech-language pathology. I knew nothing about the field but remembered being fascinated by reading the work of Roman Jakobson on the nature of this strange thing called aphasia. And once I returned to the university, I realized I had found the profession for me. When I reflect back on this path, every step served a purpose. I became a different kind of doctor and have used my psychology and social work background daily in my work as an SLP. And of course, aphasia eventually became my passion as my career evolved.

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Karen Copeland ANCDS Interview

Tell us a little bit about your background as a speech-language pathologist. How long have you been in the profession and what kind of clinical settings have your worked in? I’ve been an SLP for over 30 years. Most of that time has been spent within a medical SLP setting across acute care, inpatient rehab, outpatient and home health. I’ve also had the wonderful privilege of being part of the adjunct faculty at two local universities. Most recently, I’ve worked to organize Cowboy Aphasia Camp in the summers at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, where we pair graduate clinicians with people who have aphasia for a week of mutual learning. During the week of camp, I have to pinch myself just so I know it is real, because we are having so much fun that it doesn’t seem like work at all!


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My Beautiful Broken Brain: Continuing Life After a Brain Hemorrhage

“Who am I? I’m someone who has a huge amount of friends, is very hard working, travels all over the world, loves to read. . . . (but) what if all of that evidence is removed? What does that make me?”

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Highlights from the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting

What an amazing time to be a part of an association that aims to enhance the communicative lives of individuals who are affected by neurologic disorders! With this mission in mind and in the midst of an ever changing landscape of

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Registration Now Open! ANCDS Annual Conference, Nov. 16

Genetics, Ethics, and Management of Cognitive Communicative Disorders in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Join ANCDS in America's Birthplace, Philadelphia on November 16, for the annual Scientific and Business Meeting. The invited speakers will provide updates on neural bases and genetic variants underpinning neurodegenerative diseases, explain research-based intervention techniques for select patients with communication disorders, and discuss ethical and legal considerations. View the event schedule here.





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New ANCDS Podcast Released!

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We are back with another installment of the ANCDS podcast, and we are inviting you to listen in!

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New ANCDS Podcast Released!

Quality Audio Content -  Anytime, Anywhere

We are back with another installment of the ANCDS podcast, and we are inviting you to listen in!

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Quality Audio Content -  Anytime, Anywhere

We are back with another installment of the ANCDS podcast, and we are inviting you to listen in!

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ANCDS Episode 4 Podcast Released!

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We are back with another installment of the ANCDS podcast, and we are inviting you to listen in!

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Save the Date for the 2016 Scientific and Business Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Philadelphia, PA


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ANCDS Episode 3 podcast released!

Quality Audio Content -  Anytime, Anywhere

We are back with another installment of the ANCDS podcast, and we are inviting you to listen in!

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New ANCDS podcast released!

Quality Audio Content -  Anytime, Anywhere

We are back with another installment of the ANCDS podcast, and we are inviting you to listen in!

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Movie Review - Concussion

Amy Vogel-Eyny, Doctoral Candidate and
2015 ANCDS Student Fellow
Graduate Center, City University of New York
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences



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ANCDS Honors Awarded to Anita Halper

At the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS), Anita Halper, M.A., CCC-SLP BC-ANCDS, was awarded the 2015 Honors of the Association for outstanding contributions in research, teaching, treatment and service in the area of neurologic communication disorders. This is the highest honor that the association can bestow on any of its members. Recently, Leora Cherney had an opportunity to chat with Anita about her long-standing career in speech and language pathology. We are pleased to share with the membership some of Anita’s responses. 


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ASHA Announcements

Resources for Practice


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ANCDS Board Bios

Patrick Coppens is a professor in the Communication Disorders and Sciences department at SUNY Plattsburgh in upstate New York. Patrick teaches the neurogenics and research methods courses and supervises student clinicians. He received his undergraduate degree in Germanic Linguistics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and his Master’s in Neurolinguistics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel under the mentorship of Yvan Lebrun. His Ph.D. was completed in Southern Illinois University-Carbondale under the guidance of Dr. Randy Robey. Patrick has been involved with ANCDS for many years in various capacities.


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Board Certification Committee

Heather Clark, from Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, met all three requirements for completing board certification, and became the ANCDS newest Board Certified member as of November 11, 2015. Congratulations Heather!  In addition, she has graciously agreed to join the Certification Board as our newest member. Her tenure with the committee begins immediately, ending December 31, 2018. The other committee members, with year of term completion are as follows:


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Communications Committee

Chairs: Renee Fabus, PhD. CCC-SLP, TSHH and Miriam Krause, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


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