Kay Armstead Center for Communicative Disorders (KACCD)

Kay Armstead Center

The Kay Armstead Center for Communicative Disorders (KACCD) is a non-profit clinic that has been serving the needs of persons of all ages, demonstrating varied speech, language, hearing, cognitive-communicative, and swallowing disorders, for over fifty years.

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The Kay Armstead Center for Communication Disorders is housed within the CDS Department and has a threefold purpose:

  1. to provide a quality clinical education for undergraduate CDS students and graduate Speech-Language Pathology students;
  2. to serve the needs of children and adults with communication and related disorders and differences in San José and the surrounding area; and,
  3. to anchor CDS faculty and students' innovative, clinical research in communication and related disorders.

To this end, the KACCD Clinic offers a full range of clinical services that address pressing community needs. Clinical services are available to people with developmental or acquired communication disorders.

At KACCD, graduate students evaluate and treat clients with various communication disorders under the direct supervision of nationally-certified and state-licensed speech-language pathologists and audiologists, as well as expert faculty with doctoral degrees. Each semester, the clinic provides speech, language, hearing and some swallowing services to hundreds of children and adults from the Bay Area. Further, student clinicians and faculty participate in numerous community outreach activities, such as speech, language, and hearing screenings for preschool children; wellness fairs for  adults; and advocacy activities. Student clinicians in KACCD provide services in specialty areas such as augmentative and alternative communication, aphasia, voice, fluency, and swallowing.

The Kay Armstead Center for Communicative Disorders (KACCD) is committed to providing accessible, equitable services. SJSU, the Lurie College, the CDS Department, and KACCD do not discriminate in the delivery of professional services or the conduct of research and scholarly activity based on age, citizenship, disability, race, ethnicity, gender or gender-identity, marital status, national origin, physical characteristics, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Clinical Services

Clinical services are available to people with developmental or acquired communication disorders. We also offer our clinical services in the community for both private and public sectors and for non-profits.

Our faculty and supervisors conduct community service programs, such as our preschool hearing screening program. Faculty members are available for consultations, community presentations and advice in their respective areas of expertise.

Clinic Applications and Referral Forms

Applications for both children and adult clients may be submitted at any time. In most circumstances, therapy appointments will begin at the start of an academic semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Graduate and undergraduate students provide services under the supervision of licensed and certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Please use the following forms to apply or refer for services at the KACCD. These documents require Adobe Reader. Once completed, email the forms to armstead-center@sjsu.edu or mail them to:

Kay Armstead Center for Communication Disorders
Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences
1 Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0079

Contact Us

The KACCD is located on the first floor of Sweeney Hall (SH) via Room 115. The entrance is located next to the 7th Street, South parking garage.

Donate to the KACCD

The KACCD is a non-profit center, funded through donations. Your tax-deductible donation will be put to work in our clinic.

You can use the KACCD Donations Page for direct gifts. You can also deliver a check or cash to KACCD made out to Tower Foundation of San José State University. Whether made online or via check, please indicate that your donation is for the Kay Armstead Center for Communicative Disorders.