May 1, 2013 Association

People: May 2013


Carmen Vitton, a speech-language pathologist and chief executive officer of Rehab Synergies in Arlington, Texas, accepted the 2013 Accelerated Care Plus "Provider of the Year" award on Feb. 8. The award, which recognizes rehabilitation providers who use virtual technology to lead innovation in the senior-care field, was given to Advanced Healthcare Solutions, in partnership with Rehab Synergies. Rehab Synergies provides multidisciplinary therapy services in 52 facilities throughout Texas.

In the news

Neil J. DiSarno, ASHA chief staff officer for audiology, was featured in a New York Times "Ask an Expert" story (Feb. 27). DiSarno answered selected readers' questions about hearing loss ... Diane Mautner, an SLP in Oxnard, Calif., was interviewed by Education News (Nov. 23, 2012) about the publication of her book, "WordFLIPS: Spanish." Mautner stressed the need for a flip book for young children who are late talkers or have been diagnosed with apraxia.

On the move

Alexis Hill, an SLP in Maui, Hawaii, founded the private practice Maui Speech Therapy, LLC, in October 2012. Learn more about her services and check out her Speech Therapy Blog.


Alice Womer, an SLP at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Harrisburg, Penn., co-authored and published "Destination Friendship: Developing Social Skills for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges", a user-friendly resource for helping children with social challenges develop friendship skills.


Julia M. Davis, 82, of complications secondary to an upper respiratory infection, on March 8, 2013, in Iowa City. Davis was internationally known in audiology, pioneered research in language acquisition of children with hearing loss and amassed some of the most comprehensive demographic and psycho-educational data published on children with hearing impairment in public schools. Davis wrote a seminal publication, "Our Forgotten Children: Hard of Hearing Pupils in the Schools," and co-authored a textbook, "Rehabilitative Audiology for Children and Adults." Davis received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern State College in Nachitoches, La. She earned her PhD in audiology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1966, and joined the university's Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences the same year. In 1971, she accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She went on to chair that department—the first woman to do so—for several years and served as an associate dean for faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 1987, she became dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of South Florida, and then provost from 1990 to 1991. Her last faculty position was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Minnesota, where the speech and hearing clinics now bear her name. Davis published her research in numerous peer-reviewed journals. A significant presence in national professional organizations, she served on the Executive Committee for the Academy of Rehabilitation Audiology and as its president. Davis received ASHA's Honors; was an ASHA Fellow; and served on the ASHFoundation Board of Trustees. Davis is survived by her husband, David; her children, Mark, Paul, Anne Suter, Steve Reynolds and Doug Reynolds; and six grandchildren.


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