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2017 ANCDS Conference Fellowship Awards

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Greetings. It’s been a year since our last newsletter was published so I have much to share with you about the work of the Academy. First, I want to express what an honor it is to have been elected president of ANCDS. Being a member for almost 30 years, I’m proud of the accomplishments of this organization and am excited to now have the opportunity to serve in this role. I also want to express my appreciation, on behalf of all of the members of the Academy, to Past-President Kathy Yorkston who oversaw a year of impressive change and growth within the organization.

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Board Certification Committee:
Congratulations to Karen Copeland, M.A., CCC-SLP, who achieved board certification in adult neurologic communication disorders on 11/16/2016! Karen currently works as an SLP in the outpatient rehabilitation department at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, OK. Her work responsibilities are divided between patient care and coordination of educational activities for the rehab services department, including student clinical rotations and inservice education for rehab therapists. Karen is also an adjunct instructor for Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, where she has coordinated Cowboy Aphasia Camp for the past 5 years. She is a Past-President of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a former Chair of the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. Karen's research interests include quality of life outcomes for people with aphasia, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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This November, I attended the ANCDS conference as a student fellow. As a second year master's student with strong interest in treatment for neurogenic communication disorders, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend a conference with detailed, evidence-based information about primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Each speaker's presentation covered a different topic regarding evaluation and treatment for PPA; however, the conference was incredibly cohesive. At the time, I was completing my clinical externship at a skilled nursing facility, and was able to bring back what I learned and apply it clinically the next week.

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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!

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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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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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