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Franklin W. Bender is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and clinical assistant professor in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.  Mr. Bender received his PhD from the University of Oregon in Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership. He also earned a graduate degree from Portland State University in Speech and Hearing Sciences. As a state licensed speech-language pathologist, who has practiced for over 20 years, Mr. Bender has worked in K-12 education as a speech-language pathologist, worked as an adjunct faculty member at both Portland State University and the University of Oregon, and has served as a national consultant to state departments of education and school districts around the country pertaining to best practices and research-based approaches pertaining to evaluating and serving culturally and linguistically diverse students being considered for special education services. Mr. Bender’s additional clinical and research interests include: Childhood speech and language disorders, social skills development for individuals with ASD, school-based clinical practice, coordinated services between general and special education programs, and measuring teaching effectiveness. Mr. Bender has been an active participant at both the state and national levels regarding speech-language and hearing practices and served as the president of the Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2004.