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Patricia Ann Politano

Speech-Language Pathologist, Assistive Technology Unit

Clinical Associate Professor, Disability and Human Development


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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 the perspectives of people who use AAC, barriers to patient-provider communication, uses of mobile technology for AAC and international AT policies.

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).