Raw Conversations

Ableism in CSD Education


Thursday, March 17
7:30-9:00 p.m., EST
Free Virtual Zoom Event


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About This Event

What is ableism? According to an article from Medical News Today, “Ableism refers to bias, prejudice, and discrimination against people with disabilities. It hinges on the idea that people with disabilities are less valuable than nondisabled people.”

Join National NSSLHA and CSD students from across the country for our next Raw Conversation, where we’ll talk with a panel of CSD students and professionals who will share their lived experiences, perspectives of ableism within CSD, and/or experiences advocating for people with disabilities by actively resisting ableism.

We'll review basic concepts and vocabulary related to ableism as well as discuss strategies for recognizing, addressing, and averting ableism within academic- and clinic-based interactions with peers, faculty, and clinical educators.

Our Host


Allison Buroker

National NSSLHA Vice President for Student State Officers (Southern Region)

SLP master's degree student at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro

"As a student with hearing loss and Chiari I Malformation, living with two disabilities that are less visible has led to many challenges. Because others don't always see the physical and mental exhaustion that occurs daily, I must continuously advocate for myself. I'm proud to host this event in the hopes that it allows other students with and without disabilities to learn how to best support each other—whether in the academic or clinical setting—to foster healthier environments and relationships."

Our Guest Speakers


Alicia Parsons

CSD undergrad at The Ohio State University

Alicia's experience: Curing Autism Would Erase Me: Discouraging Ableism, Encouraging Advocacy (National NSSLHA Blog post)



Angela Evenich

SLP master's degree student at San Francisco State University

Angela's experience: Life With Cerebral Palsy Will Make Me a Powerful SLP and Recognizing Disability Within Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (National NSSLHA Blog posts)



Emmanuel Asenso Jr., DO, MPH

Medical student at Rowan University's School of Osteopathic Medicine

Emmanuel's experience: Episode 38, Dr. Emmanuel Asenso, Jr. (Docs With Disabilities podcast, University of Michigan) and Becoming Comfortable in Your Own Skin (My Stuttering Life podcast)



Kimberly Sanzo, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Founder of Language First

Ally and advocate for deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) children

Kimberly's experience: Positionality statement



Olivia Bender, AuD, CCC-A

Audiologist in a private practice

Dr. Bender's experience: Future Audiologist Has a Unique Perspective as a Wheelchair User (Disability Horizons)

Who Should Attend?

This interactive session is intended for all CSD, audiology, and speech-language pathology students—as well as NSSLHA chapters—at the undergraduate, graduate, and PhD levels.

We ask that faculty, staff, and current professionals do not register for this event in order to allow students the safe space necessary to discuss this topic with their peers. We appreciate your understanding.


This session will not be recorded in order to maintain the privacy of student discussions on this sensitive topic.

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