José A. Ortiz is a speech-language pathologist, a faculty member in Hearing and Speech Sciences, and a doctoral student in Special Education in the at the University of Maryland, College Park. José serves as the director of the Language-Learning Early Advantage Program (LEAP), and the coordinator of the Bilingual Certificate Program. He received his B.A. in Linguistics & Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2004, and his M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007. He has long had an interest in the processes of communication development, with a focus on bilingual language development, and disproportionality in special education. As a clinician and clinical supervisor, he has worked with a variety of different populations in a range of settings. José continues to be active in the local community, helping to facilitate educational workshops for caregivers of individuals with communication disorders and serving as an advocate for bilingual education.