Social Justice

CHAT is the place for a social justice-minded clinician, or the perfect partner for an organization or school that shares our values.

Armed with the knowledge of the systemic inequalities of our country that are evident in our education, health care, and criminal justice systems, CHAT is the place for a social justice-minded clinician, or the perfect partner for an organization or school that shares our values.

In our schools, we serve students who are at risk of falling behind, of having difficulty learning to read and reading to learn, and of underperforming on standardized tests. We serve students who are often overlooked and underserved, including students of color and students whose families can’t pay for outside services. We serve students whose struggles in school put them at a greater likelihood of getting caught up in the school-to-confinement pipeline and dropping out of school. The risk is truly very high, too high for us not to do everything we can to help. We wish to reach these students and individuals not just in our schools and clinic, but anywhere we are needed. As COVID-19 has turned our world upside-down, we have transitioned our services to 100% teletherapy to serve where we are needed, today.

Because of this, as we grow and become more involved in the communities that surround us, we are developing partnerships with community organizations that align with our mission to help us reach more of the individuals that need us the most. In 2019, we launched a practice area to provide voice and communication change for transgender/gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals, and are working to begin serving juveniles involved in the criminal legal system, youth experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic abuse, and other vulnerable, overlooked, or misunderstood populations who need therapy and may not otherwise have access.

If you would like to help us make these important changes in the community, please consider donating or getting involved as a volunteer. If you are a like-minded organization that would like to partner with us, contact Brittany today.

About Brittany, CHAT's Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Lead Social Justice Warrior

Brittany first came to CHAT in 2012, when her opportunity to shadow founder Phyllis Kupperman solidified her decision to attend graduate school in speech-language pathology. She returned to CHAT to complete her clinical fellowship in 2016 and has stuck around ever since. Brittany brings a passion for social justice to her role and recently spearheaded a fundraising effort that led to the development of our new transgender/GNC voice and communication practice area. She is thrilled to continue to help expand CHAT’s impact, foster inclusive communication, ask the tough questions, and both support and push boundaries as needed for our employees and the people we serve.

Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College, where she majored in Anthropology and minored in Linguistics and Spanish. She received a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University, and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) and Illinois licensure as well as a Professional Educator License. She lives in Hyde Park with her partner and two beloved cats.