BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (5/14/14) — Caroline Alexander Hudson, assistant director of Western Kentucky University’s Communication Disorders Clinic, received the Starfish Award from the Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky May 8.
The Starfish Award is Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky’s Educator of the Year honor and is given to a person who has worked to create positive change for individuals who have a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Hudson, a WKU graduate and a speech language pathologist, created a social communication group that meets two times per week to work with young adults who have a diagnosis of Down syndrome. The group is a partnership between WKU’s CDC in the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex and The Buddy House.
The Buddy House is the Regional Education & Activities Center and Headquarters for Down syndrome from prenatal diagnosis through adulthood and is a place to support families, inform communities and help all individuals with Down syndrome reach their maximum potential.
“I am so humbled to have been chosen for this award, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful participants and families at the Buddy House,” Hudson said. “I know the entire Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky team is making a difference every single day. I am just happy to be a part of the team.”
“The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is proud of Caroline and wants others to know of contributions to the community made professionals such as Caroline as we celebrate May is Better Hearing and Speech month,” said Dr. Lauren Bland, interim department head.
Information provided by WKU News