Patricia Ann Politano
Clinical Associate Professor, Disability and Human Development
Speech-Language Pathologist, Assistive Technology Unit
1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 413 DHSP
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.
US Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Assistive Technology Leaders in Special Education (ATLiS), Co-Principal Investigator
Coleman Foundation, Investigation of the use of mobile technology for social networking and safety for individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities, Co-Principal Investigator
Coleman Foundation, Investigation of the use of mobile technology for vocational training, work and community integration individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, Co-Principal Investigator
UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement Research, Civic Engagement and Disability: Using advocacy and technology to advance the political participation of people with disabilities, Co-Principal Investigator
2017 - 2020 - Fulbright Specialist, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
PhD, 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., Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (Communication Sciences and Disorders).
B.A., College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota, (Majors: Music Therapy and Psychology).