The South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SCSHA) named Dr. Carol Page the recipient of the 2017 DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement at the organization’s annual meeting in February. Dr. Page, who is the program director for the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program at University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine, is also an adjunct faculty member in the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD).
The three-time South Carolina alumna earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carolina before earning master’s (Master of Speech-Language Pathology) and doctoral (Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology) degrees from the COMD department. Reading about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan as a child had already inspired Dr. Page to pursue a career working with people with disabilities. Then, as an undergrad, she met a COMD student.
“He encouraged me to visit the program and talk to some of the professors,” says Dr. Page. “I did and knew that speech-language pathology was the career I wanted to pursue.”
After completing her graduate degrees, Dr. Page then joined the School of Medicine to serve as a speech-language pathologist in the Department of Pediatrics’ Center for Disability Resources. For the past 14 years, she has held various roles within the Center, working with the Carolina Autism Resource Evaluation Center and the ABC Special Needs Program, while working at the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program—which she has led as director since 2009.
As both a specialist and a leader in the field of augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technologies, Dr. Page has advanced the collaboration, education, access, and services for the entire state. Often unfamiliar to students and experienced speech-language pathologists alike, Page’s colleagues credit her with demystifying these emerging areas and facilitating professionals and patients’ use of the powerful tools they offer.
“Dr. Page has dedicated her career to advancing this unique branch of our field,” says Ms. Danielle Varnedoe, director of COMD’s USC Speech and Hearing Research Center. “Her years of expertise, advanced knowledge, passion and commitment, and extreme patience allow her to meet each one of us where we are in our walk and guide us on how to imbed literacy in augmentative communication, to step away from Picture Exchange Communication System, and to remember to ‘start where you want to end’ for each of our clients.”