A historical perspective of communication disorders is important to explore in an introduction to the field of speech and language pathology. Chapter 1 of Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Lifespan Evidence-Based Perspective introduces how the goals and attitudes of speech language professionals have changed over time, including important federal legislation affecting people with communication disorders. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Podcast, Episode 5: Dr. Li-Rong on Human Communication as a Human Right, also emphasizes the shift to consider communication as a basic human right. Describe how attitudes and language about people with disabilities has changed over the years. Identify how the speech-language professionals and organizations have changed their language, as well as how the individuals with communication disorders have been treated over the years.
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