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CSD students organize donation drive for school SLPs impacted by Hurricane Ian

CSD students host donation drive

Joan Leer (NSSLHA president), Maggie Alvarez (MSCSD vice president), Ariana Cipoletta (MSCSD public relations), and Yuri Lizardo (MSCSD president) led the donation drive.

Students from two organizations in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) spent the last few weeks collecting donations for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) working in public schools in Lee County and Charlotte County. Several SLPs in these areas lost all of their therapy and assessment materials in Hurricane Ian, thus impacting the services provided to clients.

The students hope these donations will alleviate some obstacles and assist SLPs in continuing to provide quality interventions to their caseloads. Joan Leer, Maggie Alvarez, Ariana Cipoletta, and Yuri Lizardo (pictured), students in Minority Students in Communication Sciences and Disorders (MSCSD) and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), were involved in organizing the donation drive.

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