Communication Justice

We strive to inspire change for under-resourced and under-represented people whose communication disorders and differences contribute to their inequitable treatment.

CHAT uniquely centers our work in what we call “Communication Justice,” our work to effect change for under-resourced and under-represented people whose communication disorders and differences contribute to their inequitable treatment. While we believe that everyone has a voice and that every individual deserves access to cutting-edge speech therapy, systems of violence including racism, homophobia, and income inequality target our students and our communities through silencing their voices and barring them from much-needed services.  While others in the field of SLP may view social justice as tangential to their work, we view this approach as absolutely necessary. We hope to bridge these gaps of inequity through our services, providing individual students with the communication tools needed for self-advocacy and success. At the same time, we also strive to contribute to the larger fight for institutional change - to hold our education, healthcare, and criminal justice systems accountable so that the larger conditions our students live under nurture them in the first place. Below, we highlight some of the countless ways that our role as SLPs directly intersect with social justice.