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Loyola University Maryland Faculty Members Receive Changemaker Challenge Award

Loyola Univeristy Maryland

November 26, 2019


Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ed.D., professor of speech-language-hearing sciences and department chair, and Leah Katherine Saal, Ph.D., assistant professor of literacy and co-director of the literacy program, were awarded a $10,000 cash prize for their submission in the Howard County Changemaker Challenge competition.

Schoenbrodt and Saal’s winning presentation, Strategic Training for Empathic Emergency Response (STEER), is a training program that will help improve communication between emergency personnel and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Schoenbrodt and Saal plan to use the cash prize to begin training sessions in Howard County in 2020.

“With the help of this award we will be able to train up to 500 emergency response workers in Howard County,” said Saal. “There are more than 22,000 people in Howard County who have disabilities, so the chance of an EMS or fire and rescue personnel assisting someone with a disability is not only likely—it’s almost certain. We hope this training program will have a long-term beneficial impact on the community.”