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Patricia Ann Politano

Speech-Language Pathologist, Assistive Technology Specialist, Assistive Technology Unit

Clinical Associate Professor, Disability and Human Development


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1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 413 DHSP

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Office Hours

By appointment


Dr. Politano is a speech-language pathologist that has worked as an augmentative communication (AAC) specialist for over 25 years and has consulted internationally on AAC and assistive technology (AT). Current research interests include international AT policies and perspectives of people who use AAC.

Selected Grants

US Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Assistive Technology Leaders in Special Education (ATLiS), Co-Principal Investigator

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Notable Honors

2017 - Fulbright Specialist, US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs


PhD, 2007, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (Major: Disability Studies, Thesis: Understanding factors contributing to interactions of people who use augmentative communication methods).
M.A., 1998, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (Communication Sciences and Disorders).
B.A., 1981, College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota, (Majors: Music Therapy and Psychology).