About us

Welcome to the Communication Matrix and Community

Who Are We? We are a small group of researchers, speech-language pathologists and educational experts headquartered at Oregon Health & Science University and directed by Dr. Charity Rowland. We are passionate about improving outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs around the world.

Our Mission: We strive to:

  • Maintain a free assessment service for professionals and parents to use as they support individuals who have complex communication needs
  • Create a vibrant and sustaining community to help users make the leap from assessment (using the Communication Matrix) to excellent teaching and learning to support individuals with severe communication disorders.
Ideas that Work

Funding. We have been fortunate to receive five grants from the U.S. Department of Education that have provided partial support for the improvement of this web site. However, the contents of this web site do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

Maintaining this web site is an expensive effort. Although the basic assessment and use of the Community is free, we do charge fees for the use of our webinar and our custom reports. We may also charge sponsors for ads on our site. Funds collected for these purposes are used solely to support the continued availability of this service and are managed by the Charitable Partnership Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Communication Matrix Team

This is the team that worked on developing the Community Website: (from left to right)


The Matrix is FREE for everyone. Help us maintain and improve it with a tax deductible gift.

The Communication Matrix is a service of Design to Learn at Oregon Health & Science University
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