Since it began providing services to the public in 1959, the Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing, formerly known as the Communication Disorders Clinic, has addressed the following goals:
To provide a full range of high quality diagnostic and remedial services to children, adolescents, and adults who have communication differences and disorders of speech, language, and hearing;
To respond to the needs of the community by a) identifying individuals with speech, language, and hearing disorders, and b) informing such individuals and their families about pertinent local resources and the types and availability of services and facilities in speech, language, and hearing.;
To cooperate with and provide a resource for other agencies such as local schools, hospitals, and social service facilities in meeting the needs of their clients who may have disorders of speech, language, and hearing;
To provide a clinical model and practicum facility for students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with the goal of developing competence in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals who have disorders of speech, language, and hearing;
To provide a laboratory for studying a) the clinical effectiveness of diagnostic and treatment models, b) the clinical training process with students, and c) normal and pathological speech, language, and hearing processes.