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Mary Kay Bradley, assistant professor and speech-language pathologist in the department of communication sciences and disorders was recently honored as one of five recipients of the Golisano Foundation’s Leadership Award for providing exemplary healthcare services to people with developmental disabilities.
Bradley is the supervisor for the speech-language graduate students at Kids Club, an after school program at Nazareth College for children with physical or communication disorders. Since 2008, Kids Club has evolved into an after school program that spans eight weeks each semester. Currently, about 20 children participate.
Bradley earned her master’s in speech language pathology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and her bachelor’s in speech language pathology and audiology from SUNY Fredonia. She made sure to use her profession to help children with special needs throughout her ten years as a speech language pathologist at the Mary Cariola Children’s Center, and for the last 16 years at Nazareth College where she teaches disability based courses and her involvement with Kids Club.
The Golisano Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to supporting programs for people with developmental disabilities so that they may achieve their maximum potentials by integrating independence, self-determination, and productivity into all facets of their lives. It recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, where Bradley and others were presented with their awards.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.