Forty for 40: David J. Hajjar, PhD, MS-SLP ’98
David Hajjar has specialized in helping children and adults with complex communication needs improve their social and communication skills across recreation and leisure settings including paddling, skiing, and cycling activities. His research focuses on supporting individuals with disabilities and their diverse network of communication partners.
Focusing on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to create opportunities for meaningful social interactions, Dr. Hajjar worked with clients for nine years at the Crotched Mountain Foundation in New Hampshire. He then earned his doctoral degree in speech and hearing science in 2016 from Ohio University, and starting in fall 2017 he will be an assistant professor at Ithaca College in New York, where he also will start an AAC research lab to continue his work.
Previously, during a two-year assignment in Grenada as a member of the Peace Corps, he assisted the Ministry of Education in developing and expanding special education services there.