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Latest News from the International Communication Project (December 2017)

The International Communication Project (ICP) newsletter brings you communication-related information and stories from around the world. Continue reading for information on how ICP is marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, autism training in Samoa and a roundup of communication health stories around the world.

International Communication Project in Action

Representatives from ICP's founding organisations pose for a photo.

Representatives from ICP’s founding organisations in—Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States—met recently in Los Angeles to renew their agreement to recognize each other’s professional standards.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Sunday 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme for 2017 is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’. The ICP is marking the day to advocate for people with communication disorders and raise the profile of invisible disabilities. To participate in ICP’s campaign follow us on Twitter or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

A group picture of the New Zealand speech therapists who traveled to Samoa and their trainees.

Autism training in Samoa

Four New Zealand speech therapists travelled to Samoa to provide training around communication, learning and sensory processing for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Samoa. Read about their experiences and what they learned from their time on this Pacific Island nation.

Did You Know?

  • According to the World Health Organization over 1 billion people experience disability – one in 7 people. People with communication disabilities may not be included in this estimate, despite the fact that they encounter significant difficulties in their daily lives. The prevalence of communication disabilities is unknown because it’s ignored as a disability. More than 100 million disabled persons are children and 80 per cent of all people with disabilities live in developing countries. Around 360 million people globally have moderate to profound hearing loss.
  • Next year will mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Communication is a basic human right, the most fundamental of human capacities. People need to be able to communicate to fulfil their social, educational, emotional and vocational potential. That is why the ICP advocates for those with communication disabilities, as well as their families, caregivers and communication professionals.

Awareness Days Related to Communications

International Communication Health News From Around the World

The ICP regularly features stories about communication and swallowing difficulties from around the world. If you have a story you’d like to see featured, please contact us.

Kenya: Data suggests that Kenyans are more afflicted by hearing loss compared to the global average of five people with hearing difficulties in every 100, based on statistics from the World Health Organization.

United Arab Emirates: The UAE is rapidly moving toward achieving its goal of being disabled-friendly.

Israel: An Israeli hospital has received a grant to help Syrian refugees with hearing loss.

Uganda: Audiologists and otologists have called for a national policy on treating the deaf in Uganda.

South Africa: There are calls for sign language to become an official language of South Africa.

Do you have a story to share? Get in touch—we would love to hear from you.

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