Golf Tournament Benefits Health and Human Development researcher

January 24, 2008

Proceeds from a charity golf tournament in September 2007 were donated to the College of Health and Human Development to benefit Dr. Janice Light’s research in communication disorders. The donation of $20,000 was made possible through the Joe Strada Sr. Memorial Fund.

More than 100 members of the community participated in the First Annual Forklift, Inc. Charity Golf Tournament, which took place on September 15, 2007 at the Armitage Golf Club in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of autism and of Dr. Light’s research, which has improved the lives of those with autism by enabling them to communicate in ways not previously thought possible.

Dr. Light, Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, is a leading scholar in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which helps people with severe communication disabilities, including those with autism, to communicate. Her research has enabled people with communication disabilities to communicate through the use of AAC tools such as signs, communication books, and computer-based assistive technologies.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.