Currie wins state LATAN Award
Contact: Rene Abadie
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HAMMOND – Paula Currie, associate professor and head of the Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CS&D), was presented with a Freedom through Assistive Technology 2010 Champion Award by the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN).
Currie accepted the award at LATAN’S 13th annual luncheon in Baton Rouge Thursday (Dec. 2). Currie received the "Citizen Award” which is given to an individual in Louisiana who increased access to assistive technology or advocated for changes in policies, laws or practices to assure universal access.
Currie has championed assistive technology for years in her roles as university professor and clinical supervisor. She serves as a consultant on Augmentive and Alternative Communication (AAC) to OPTIONS, a Hammond-based nonprofit agency that provides services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Currie also spearheaded a clinical partnership between the CS&D department and OPTIONS that allows graduate students to obtain practicum experiences providing ACC services to clients.
A frequent presenter at professional conferences on various aspects of AAC, she has helped establish a university consortium agreement with the state’s Region II Assistive Technology Center, which covers 14 area parish and city school systems. She is a member of the board of Access to Dignity, a north shore nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life for individuals in long-term care settings by ensuring opportunities for social networks, personal growth and empowerment for self-advocacy with access to communication and assistive technology supports.