Humans of ASHA: Jacqueline Davila

I was 17 years old when I took on almost full responsibility of taking care of my grandfather who had suffered several strokes. He had lost the ability to do what he loved the most—eat and speak. I was present throughout all of the speech therapy sessions and hoped he would one day regain those abilities. Unfortunately, months went by and he eventually passed away. While watching the speech pathologist work with my grandfather, I knew that this was the career I needed. I fell in love with the field and decided I, too, would help those in need and their families. My grandfather has been gone for 5 years, but he will live on forever in me because everyone I help will be for him. I am now a graduate student a little less than 2 years shy from graduating. I feel more passionate than ever for speech-language pathology.

Jacqueline Davila

ASHA Corporate Partners