Coordinator's Column As of today, hundreds of thousands of families, including those who have children with disabilities, have been forcefully displaced from their homes in the Middle East, the African continent, and the southern region of India (Onyanga-Omara, 2015), largely due to war, political instability, and/or impoverishment in their home countries. ... Coordinator's Column
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SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, October 2015, Vol. 5, 43-44. doi:10.1044/gics5.2.43
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, October 2015, Vol. 5, 43-44. doi:10.1044/gics5.2.43
As of today, hundreds of thousands of families, including those who have children with disabilities, have been forcefully displaced from their homes in the Middle East, the African continent, and the southern region of India (Onyanga-Omara, 2015), largely due to war, political instability, and/or impoverishment in their home countries. This record number of refugees and global migrants are primarily arriving in Europe, but some will be accepted into the United States by 2017 (Gordon, Smale, & Lyman, 2015).
This shifting demographic landscape has implications for the services that are provided by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists to those with communication impairments in the United States and abroad. Some of these implications are the importance of understanding the cultural histories of those we serve, how our understanding of those histories affect the effectiveness and cultural responsiveness of the services we provide, and our need to increase capacity to incorporate diverse cultural histories and world views into evidenced based practices. What better time than now, in the midst of this current global context of forced and voluntary movement of people from one region of the world to another, for us to discuss global speech-language and audiology services.
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