Education PACS

PACS receives grant support from Department of Education

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Emily Lowther, 2019 graduate of the Deaf Education program, works with children who are deaf and hard of hearing at Central Institute for the Deaf.

The Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS) at Washington University School of Medicine has been awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Education that combined will provide over $2.3 million in support of its graduate training programs.

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Amanda Ortmann, PhD
Support for pediatric audiology trainees

The first award, Project EARS: Preparation of Educational Audiologists who will Reach School-Age Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, will support training of pediatric audiologists to meet the specialized needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The goal is to fill a critical need for educational audiologists currently in short supply throughout school districts in the U.S. The funds will provide direct scholarship support to Doctor of Audiology (AuD) students during their year of pediatric specialization. Director of Audiology Amanda Ortmann, PhD, will serve as principal investigator on the award.

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Casey Reimer, PhD
Support for special education trainees

The second award, Project START: Supporting Training and Recruitment of Teachers of the Deaf, will fund full tuition scholarships for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Deaf Education (MSDE) program. This type of support will increase the number of qualified teachers of the deaf who specialize in listening and spoken language skills for young children. Casey Reimer, PhD, is principal investigator on this award.

Both awards became effective October 1 and will provide five years of support.

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