Ken Bleile is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Northern Iowa, and has served as a visiting scholar in universities in Turkey, Singapore, Russia, and New Zealand. During summers Dr. Bleile often leads study abroad groups to provide speech and language services to children in orphanages and schools in developing countries, most recently in Nicaragua. Dr. Bleile is a recipient of the State of Iowa's Regent's Scholar Award, is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a recipient of the Multicultural Board's Diversity Champion Award. He serves as an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and is the former Chair of ASHA's International Issues Board. Dr. Bleile publishes widely on speech development, international issues, and communication disorders in children with medical needs and developmental disabilities. Recent publications include The Neurological Foundations of Language, The International Directory of Communicative Disorders, and The Late Eight.