SLU prof honored for support of assistive tech _lowres

Donna Thomas

Southeastern Louisiana University assistant professor Donna Thomas, of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, recently was presented the Citizen Award by the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network.

LATAN is a statewide, nonprofit organization that connects individuals with disabilities and older persons with the technology that encourages independence in employment, school and community living, a news release said.

Thomas, of Ponchatoula, is a certified, licensed speech-language pathologist. She received the award for her work in supporting the use of assistive technology in the public school system, community and at SLU’s Speech and Hearing Clinic, as well as developing and teaching a graduate course on augmentative and alternative communication.

Thomas is a member of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association and the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology and is secretary of the Louisiana Speech and Hearing Association.

She has a doctorate in communicative sciences and disorders from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, a master’s degree in special education/speech, language, hearing specialist at SLU and a bachelor’s degree from Nicholls State University.