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Dr. Joan Burleigh

Able Kids Foundation, Colorado

United States

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As the CEO of the Able Kids Foundation, Dr. Joan Burleigh utilizes her experience and expertise to help improve the lives of adults and children with auditory challenges. Committed to helping others, Dr. Joan Burleigh has channeled her knowledge and energy into the Able Kids Foundation's numerous programs and research efforts. Among some of the programs Dr. Joan Burleigh has initiated are the I AM ABLETM Public Service Initiative and the I AM ABLETM Art Extravaganza!! Each program is designed specifically to maximize and showcase the abilities of children and adults living with challenges.


Prior to co-founding the Able Kids Foundation in 2005, Dr. Joan Burleigh spent 31 years serving in numerous roles at Colorado State University (CSU). Dr. Joan Burleigh began her employment with CSU as a Clinical Audiologist and Instructor. Dr. Joan Burleigh soon went on to direct the pediatric clinical program as Coordinator of Pediatric Audiology. After five years, Dr. Joan Burleigh took a position as Director of the Hearing Clinic. Dr. Joan Burleigh played a key role as Director of the Center for Central Auditory Research, a position she held for 16 years. Dr. Joan Burleigh additionally taught graduate and undergraduate courses in hearing science, pediatric audiology, introduction to audiology, central auditory processing disorders, hearing disorders, and education and psychology of individuals with hearing disabilities.


Dr. Joan Burleigh's work on behalf of those with auditory disabilities has been recognized many times over the course of her professional career. Dr. Joan Burleigh was honored with the Gold Medal for Distinguished Service Award in the Arts and Sciences by the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in 1996. The only non-Mason to have ever received the award, Dr. Joan Burleigh joins the likes of President Gerald R. Ford, Senator Jesse Helms, James Cash Penney, and Charles A. Dewey.

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