Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls more than 8,300 students from 40 states and 50 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship. Adelphi University is a private 501(c)(3).
Adelphi has long been connected to the community and offers diagnostic and treatment services through several programs and centers for area residents who are facing health challenges. The Hy Weinberg Center for Communication Disorders provides speech, language, and audiological services to all ages, from infancy through geriatrics. The comprehensive facility offers evaluation and treatment services, including individual and group therapy, to individuals with a variety of complex communication needs. The Center houses laboratories containing instrumentation systems for the evaluation of speech and hearing. These laboratories enhance the quality of research, clinical training, and services provided at the Center. Student clinical training performed on site emphasizes the application of current theoretical principles to the organization and administration of clinical procedures. Signature group programs include TOTalk (a "grown-up and me" style playgroup for late talking toddlers), KIDTalk (for preschoolers with delayed language development), a social-communication group for preteens with high functioning autism/Asperger's syndrome, and social/therapeutic communication groups for adults with aphasia. Supervised clinical experiences and research are also conducted at the Center.
With the funds obtained through this grant, Adelphi's Hy Weinberg Center, including the new Augmentative-Alternative Communication Laboratory, will provide assessments and training/intervention services to individuals who have complex communication needs. Research and best practices developed through the Center will be shared with similar centers around the country, and would be used in the development of intercampus and campus-community partnerships to expand the regional and national impact of the Center's work. These new programs will be added to the roster of existing and highly regarded communication services currently offered through the center and will better position Adelphi to meet the needs of clients in need of the intensive and professional services a university-based center can provide.