REKNEW: Reclaiming Expressive Knowledge in Elders With Communication Disorders. Researching innovative ways to support individuals with communication impairments. Learn more
Welcome from Our Director
The REKNEW research group addresses the complex communication needs of adults with acquired disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases. We work on many different REKNEW projects, targeting different adult groups and communication supports. Our approach is based on a philosophy of Participatory Action Research: we believe that individuals with complex communication needs should be part of our research endeavors, from the initial questions posed in a study to the dissemination of research results.
We invite you to explore our website and examine our different clinical research projects. We would be happy to discuss our work with you, whether you are interested in participating in a study, supporting us, learning about our recent publications or knowledge translation activities, or just finding out more about communication supports for adults.
Who We Work With
REKNEW Projects are conducted in collaboration with various community partners as well as the following organizations:
- AAC at Penn State University
- InvoTek, Inc.
- Madonna Rehab Hospital Communication Center of Excellence
- Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Center
- Center for Spoken Language Understanding
- OHSU NW Clinic for Voice & Swallowing
- OHSU Brain Institute
- Northwestern University Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center
REKNEW projects have reached out to several populations, including adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), Locked-In Syndrome (LIS), Dysarthria, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). We have also looked at the outcomes of training caregivers in Alzheimer’s Care Units to use communication systems with their residents.
Melanie Fried-Oken Awarded ASHA Fellowship and Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award
Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken recently became a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This honor is given to members of this national organization who are recognized for their leadership and scientific contributions to the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Melanie was awarded this honor at the 2017 ASHA Convention, which was held in Los Angeles, CA. This same year, Melanie received the Outstanding Researcher of the Year award from the Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She acknowledges the commitment, integrity and input of the REKNEW team for adding evidence to the field of AAC. She states that she could not have received these awards without their collaboration.
Deadlines Announced for RESNA Student Design Competitions
Click on links below for full details and guidelines. Good luck on your submission!
Deadline: April 13, 2018--Links to guidelines are listed on page above.
The RESNA Student Design Competition (SDC) is an annual competition that showcases creative and innovative assistive technology designs that help people with disabilities function more independently. Student teams represent a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering; computer information science; architecture; and physical and occupational therapy. Entries are judged on originality, quality of design, and usefulness to persons with disabilities. SDC winners have frequently moved on to become leaders in the field of assistive technology. Only undergraduate and masters level graduate students currently enrolled in a college or university are eligible to apply.