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Dining Out with Dysphagia: An Open Conversation

Dining Out with Dysphagia: An Open Conversation

Hosted by David “Woody” Rule, PhD, CCC-SLP & Anna Birkemeier, B.S.

Originally Broadcast June 29, 2022

Meeting Description:

This brief meeting seeks to join multiple voices to explore the experience of Dining out with Dysphagia.  Open to people with dysphagia, their family members and care providers, professional swallowing pathologists, and members of the dining industry are welcome to provide their voice or listening ear on the topic. The goal of this discussion is to bring awareness to issues of accessibility for people with swallowing differences and how to best advocate and support them to engage fully with their community.

Target Audience: People with dysphagia and their families, caregivers/care providers, professional swallowing pathologists / speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, primary care providers, sub-specialty providers (e.g. otolaryngology), members of culinary/dining industry.


Anna Birkemeier: Anna Birkemeier, B.S., is a graduate speech-language pathology student in Cincinnati, Ohio. She strives to advocate for adults with dysphagia and airway disorders. Anna integrates quality of life for those with chronic dysphagia in her practice and has a passion for dysphagia dining accessibility in the local Cincinnati community and across the United States.

Woody Rule: David “Woody” Rule, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a speech-language pathologist and board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders who currently practices in Cincinnati, Ohio. With prior work in advocacy alongside people with disabilities and their families, his goal is to support access for people with dysphagia and their caregivers through a wholistic approach to dysphagia management. He currently provides swallowing therapy among complex head and neck cancer and neurogenic swallowing disorders in a university otolaryngology program.

If you or a loved one are interested in sharing your perspective by email or live for this program, please contact Dr. Rule at with the subject line “Dining with Dysphagia.”

CEUs: No ASHA CEUs are offered for this webinar.

Cost: FREE. This webinar has been made free to all registrants regardless of NFOSD Membership status. As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generous donations of our community members. If you would like to make a donation, please visit our Donation Page.