Official Statement from Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)
SAC firmly believes that the ability to communicate is a basic human right and that people need to be able to communicate in order to reach their full potential in every aspect of their lives.
SAC is extremely disappointed with Dr. Ranee Panjabi from Memorial University regarding her refusal to wear a simple FM transmitter to accommodate students with hearing loss. The association is equally disappointed that Memorial University has allowed this type of discrimination to happen repeatedly over many years. (Read the CBC news story here.)
While SAC acknowledges that a 1996 agreement between Dr. Panjabi and the university has allowed the professor to refuse to wear an FM device, SAC believes that such an agreement is unacceptable today.
SAC urges Memorial University to uphold its own Policy for Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and ensure that all of its students have equal access to education. By upholding its policy, Memorial University will also guarantee that all staff and personnel will make the required accommodations for students with hearing loss.
SAC is writing to Memorial University directly to further address this issue.
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) is a member-driven organization that supports, promotes and elevates the professions of our members and associates. We are the only national organization passionately supporting and representing speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants inclusively. Through this support, we champion the needs of people with communication disorders. Visit us at www.sac-oac.ca to learn more.
Jessica Bedford, Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 613.567.9968 x241