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Audiological Assessment and Improving Outcomes for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities (PD102635)

Presenter(s): Mary Beth Lannon, EdD, CCC-A
Course Description

This recorded session from the ASHA Audiology 2022 Online Conference (Working With Patients With Intellectual Disabilities track) explores access to audiological services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The speaker discusses testing adaptions, as well as training for students and professionals, that can maximize outcomes for these individuals. The session highlights the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program as an example of a service that is successfully improving audiological evaluation and outcomes for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Adapt screening/test protocols to meet the needs of an individual with an intellectual disability 
  • Structure a clinical session to obtain the most relevant and comprehensive information to make appropriate follow-up recommendations


  • Brief History of Special Olympics Healthy Athletes
  • Description and Goals of Healthy Athletes Program
  • Description and Goals for Healthy Hearing Program
  • Strategies for Obtaining a Case History for People With Intellectual Disabilities (ID)
  • Adapted Screening/Evaluation Procedures for People with ID
  • Healthy Hearing Data

Related Courses

View all courses from the ASHA Audiology 2022 Online Conference.

Presenter Information

Beth Lannon, EdD, CCC-A, has had the pleasure of participating in the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing program for over 20 years as an audiologist. During that time, the Healthy Hearing program has screened Special Olympics athletes all over the world and in some cases has been able to provide amplification through partnerships with various manufacturers. In addition to supporting athletes, the Healthy Hearing program has trained audiologists and ENTs all over the world to develop and implement this program close to home.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Consultant Global Clinical Advisor Special Olympics International
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by January 17, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: September 2022
End date: January 17, 2028

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102635
Available Through: January 17, 2028