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UMass: Alumnus Receives Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award

Dr. Howard Shane, who received his MA in speech-language pathology in 1972 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst  School of Public Health and Health Sciences, received the Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation). The award is the organization’s highest honor.

Dr. Shane is the director of the Autism Language Program and the Center for Communication Enhancement at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. The ASHFoundation honored him for his “more than four decades of extraordinary achievement as a clinician, researcher, mentor, and advocate dedicated to supporting children and adults with complex communication impairments.”

In its award announcement, they write, “His work — characterized by inventive thinking, novel approaches, and pioneering technology developments — has focused on addressing the needs of children with severe communication disorders, particularly those without speech. A true innovator, Dr. Shane conceived of clinical models and practices where none existed to create breakthroughs for those with the most severe disabilities. His early work harnessed the potential of computer hardware, software, and peripheral equipment to create high-tech solutions for people with cerebral palsy and related neuro-motor diseases. His later contributions to augmentative and alternative communication strategies illuminated the capabilities of people with severe communication impairments. His accomplishments have advanced clinical care on a global scale for thousands of children with severe communication disorders, their families, and generations of professionals who serve them.”

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