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Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Candidate among 2023 Recipients of Saffran Student Scholar Award

Farha Najah Hussain

Farha Najah Hussain has received a Saffran Student Scholar Award for the 17th Annual Eleanor M. Saffran Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience and Rehabilitation of Communication Disorders: Language and Communication in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Communities, at Temple University, Philadelphia, between September 28 and 30, 2023. 

As a Saffran Student Scholar, Farha will attend the conference as part of a select group of highly-qualified pre- and post-doctoral fellows who will enjoy unique learning and networking opportunities beyond the regular conference program. The award and the conference will support her research on high-quality, equity-driven, interdisciplinary, and person-led services for DHH people.

Farha echoes the assertion, “nothing about us, without us” and she looks forward to learning from DHH people’s lived experiences at the conference. She will have the opportunity to further her knowledge on crip linguistics in service of DHH clients, individuals, and communities from a strengths-focus approach; empowerment and self-advocacy with DHH clients; language deprivation; bilingual-bimodal knowledge; and speech-language pathology services from a Deaf-positive view. Farha will also be sharing her own research through discussions and a poster presentation.

The Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience “provides a venue for interdisciplinary research in the neural and psychological basis of language and cognition.” The annual conference brings together researchers and clinicians with a common interest in language and other cognitive processes in an effort to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.

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