The 23rd annual Route 66 Conference on Communication Disorders featured Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy as the speaker. The conference was held on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Mele-McCarthy, CCC-SLP, is the executive director at The Summit School in Edgewater, Maryland, an independent school serving bright children with dyslexia and other learning differences. Mele-McCarthy’s professional experiences include private practice, comprehensive assessment, advocacy, public schools and universities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as the vice president for Governmental Relations and Public Policy.
Dr. Mele-McCarthy is a speech-language pathologist with expertise in theoretical models and practical application of the link between oral language and reading, service delivery models in school settings and teacher training. She is an active participant in the professional activities of The Dyslexia Foundation and the Communication Disorders Research Group Schools Liaison Committee. She was appointed as the chair of the Governor’s Task Force on the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Program (August 2015-December 2016) for the State of Maryland. Her work includes presentation of peer reviewed research-to-practice papers, as well as seminars and workshops locally and nationally. Her publications include articles and book chapters related to policy for NCLB, IDEA, students with disabilities and ELLs with disabilities.
The Route 66 Conference is sponsored by The University of Tulsa Student Speech Language Hearing Association (TUSSLHA). Up to .6 CEU credits available.