Wichita State University (WSU) is the only four-year Kansas Regents' institution located in a large metropolitan area. Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, has a population of 345,000 with 588,000 people residing in the metropolitan area.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) has built a strong working relationship with the Wichita educational and health communities, resulting in unique and abundant opportunities unavailable to students in preparatory programs in smaller communities. For example, off-campus practicum experiences are available through Wichita's four major hospitals and several clinics, as well as through the Wichita schools, which comprise the state's largest public school district. WSU also has contracts with numerous practica sites throughout the United States and Canada.
The Wichita State University Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for students to develop their clinical knowledge and skills under direct certified professional supervision.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provides professional preparation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists. A vital part of the department is the clinic that provides opportunities for students to develop their clinical knowledge and skills under direct certified professional supervision. The clinic objectives are to provide: (a) clinical services to individuals with communicative and hearing disorders, (b) consultative services to agencies in the community, and (c) facilities and opportunities for students to develop diagnostic and clinical skills to demonstrate competencies required for entry in the professions. The clinic also promotes the generation and dissemination of new information through clinically applicable research.
To meet these objectives, the clinic offers professionally supervised diagnostic and clinical services to the public in the areas of speech, language, and hearing disorders. The clinic also provides opportunities for faculty and students to conduct clinically related research designed to advance the knowledge base in the communication sciences and disorders discipline. Admission of clients into the clinic is based on the needs of the professional education program, in addition to the needs of the clients.
No person, including clients, students, and faculty shall be discriminated against in any manner regarding race, religion, sex, age or disability. The clinic subscribes to the same fair and equal opportunity employment and treatment practices of Wichita State University. The clinic is accessible to students and clients with physical disabilities; however, participation in a few specialized situations may require staff assistance. Incidents of real or suspected discrimination of any nature are to be reported to the clinic director or department chair for immediate action.