The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Speech and Hearing Clinic has been in existence since the early 1960s. In 1997, the clinic was renamed the Roy Eblen Speech & Hearing Clinic in honor of Dr. Eblen, the founding Head of the Department of Communicative Disorders, now the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The Clinic is located on the east end of the second floor of the Communication Arts Center on the UNI campus.
The clinic is affiliated with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, which is dedicated to the preparation of students who will be entering the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. In this way, the clinic's service delivery model revolves around the provision of assessment and therapeutic services by students under the supervision of faculty and staff members in the department.
The clinic provides services for all forms of speech, language, and hearing disorders for persons of all ages. Clinic clientele consists of people from the University community, as well as those from the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area and many of the surrounding communities in Northeast Iowa.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic support communication for persons of all abilities. We respect and follow the communication bill of rights striving to promote an individual’s independent communication with others. The clinic provides culturally responsive assessment and treatment services and uses current evidence based practices to assist individuals, families, and/or caregivers with communication. Services are delivered in accordance with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Code of Ethics.
The clinic is affiliated with various hospitals, schools, clinics, and extended care facilities that serve as practicum and internship sites for student clinical training.
The UNI clinic's supervisory staff consists of nine Ph.D. and six M.A. level Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, all of whom are licensed and have expertise in specific areas of communicative disorders.