As an SLP, I have the privilege to work with individuals from all walks of life. Each client I interacted with helped me to realize the fact that the name of disability is simply just a label and it does not define who the individual is. Most importantly, I saw how unique each individual was, not less, and the fact that every person has different strengths, needs and challenges.
As a brand, we are here to increase public awareness of what the allied health professions and educators contribute to our society. We advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities to foster greater acceptance and inclusion for families with special needs. We acknowledge the dedication and commitment of our fellow professionals put forth the greatest effort for individual and community well-being. We are here to build a future where individuals with disabilities can lead their lives as independently as possible, have a voice in life decisions, and participate in integrated community settings.
"As a future physician assistant, it is my priority to continue to educate myself on my patient population including, but not limited to, those with special needs/disabilities. As an individual with a disability, I know what it’s like to have a patient-provider interaction where there is a disconnect due to lack of knowledge of my diagnosis and how to improve my quality of life. This perspective has allowed me to foster a better understanding of what individuals with disabilities go through in our health care system. I hope to bridge gaps and facilitate greater access to care for those with special needs. While patients with disabilities might have certain physical and/or intellectual impairments, this does not encompass who they are, it’s merely a detail of their existence. It is our differences that make life colorful and challenge our ways of thinking and interacting with others." - Haley Diaz
"How lucky am I to have the skills to help infants and children learn how to eat and drink? A skill so routine, that many of us take it for granted. Pediatric feeding disorders (PFD) are related to medical, nutritional, skill, and/or psychosocial deficits, and impact up to 1 in 23 children under the age of 5. Additionally, it impacts so many families economically.
Eating and drinking are innate human needs and my gift to support these children and their families humbles me every day. Through all the difficulties, these children and their families inspire me every. single. day. Being different is okay. It’s more than okay. It's exceptional, inspiring, encouraging, and so much more. I am changed forever, in the best way possible, by all the sweet little ones and families that have touched my life." -
Brianna Miluk, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC