The UNCG Speech and Hearing Clinics will host the Transgender Communication and Wellness Conference, an event for healthcare professionals and transgender individuals, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in Elliott University Center.
The keynote speakers will be Dr. Richard Adler, co-editor of “Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Transsexual Client: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide” (2006), and Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
The Guilford Green Foundation, The Adam Foundation and Replacements Ltd. have provided grants to support the conference, which will feature discussions about transgender voice and communication issues and broader health and wellness issues in the unique context of the transgender community.
The registration fee is $95, discounted to $50 for full-time students. A limited number of scholarships are available for transgender individuals. The Adam Foundation’s support will defray the registration fee for 14 members of the local transgender community.
The conference is designed for members of the transgender community, speech-language pathologists, psychologists and psychiatrists, physicians and others, including university faculty and graduate students with an interest in transgender issues.
Transgender individuals will have the opportunity to speak directly to healthcare professionals about their experiences and needs. Break-out groups will focus on feminine voice, spoken language, nonverbal communication and other topics.
One of the goals of the conference is to expand the availability of professionals who are competent in transgender issues and to increase the presence of trusted and sound resources in the areas of voice and communication locally and nationally.