MAILED: Oct. 6, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The Augmentative and Alternative Communication Clinic at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire got a new look for the 1997-98 academic year, said Thomas W. King, AAC Clinic supervisor.
The remodeling was a combined effort between the communication disorders and the special education programs, King said.
The AAC Clinic, which is part of the Center for Communication Disorders in the Human Sciences and Services building, has had two rooms to use in the past.
"It was physically too small of a space for our purposes," King said. "We need a larger space to work in, and these renovations will gave us that."
According to King, rooms 133, 135 and 136 had been faculty offices. The remodeling knocked out the wall between rooms 135 and 136, creating one clinic lab for patients. Room 133 is an observation area for family and clinic workers, with a one-way mirror in the wall between room 133 and the new lab. The lab also will include the clinic's speech-output computers and other equipment.
Besides giving the clinic more room, the remodeling also makes the labs more accessible to patients in wheelchairs. The door entering the lab was widened and the extra space in the lab makes it easier for a patient in a wheelchair to move around, King said.
"We are all very excited," King said. "It will not only benefit the clinic as far as physical space, but it will benefit the students and many of our patients as well."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 6, 1997