History of REKNEW


Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph.D., CCC/Sp, is a certified speech-language pathologist and a leading international clinician and researcher in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).Her past research has involved assistive technology for persons with acquired disabilities who cannot use speech or writing for expression. Dr. Charity Rowland, Ph.D. has a background in developmental and experimental psychology, with special expertise in alternative means of communication.Her past research has involved language acquisition and communication development in nonspeaking individuals with severe and multiple disabilities. Under the umbrella of the REKNEW projects, Drs. Fried-Oken and Rowland have pooled their expertise to address the challenges that elders with progressive neurological diseases face as their ability to use speech diminishes.