The International Communication Project (ICP) newsletter brings you communication-related information and stories from around the world. Continue reading to learn about the work of a group of Australian communication health professionals in Timor Leste, how the Maasai people approach those with communication challenges and a roundup of communication health stories around the world.
International Communication Project in Action
U.S. Astronaut Andrew Feustel, the commander of a six-month mission to the International Space Station, took time recently to recognize professionals who care for those with communication disabilities. Married to a speech-language pathologist, Feustel believes communication plays a “mission critical” role in his work and that of his international crew.
From Darwin to Dili — life in Timor Leste
Timor Leste in South East Asia, one the world’s newest and poorest countries, has only one speech pathologist. Read about the experiences of a team of audiologists and speech pathologists who travelled to Timor Leste to provide support and to run a number of clinics to help locals with hearing and communication disabilities.
Raising awareness of communications as a human right
The International Communication Project is excited that an article written by two of its member organisations had made it into the special edition of the International Journal of Speech Language Pathology celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The article is titled: “The International Communication Project: Raising global awareness of communication as a human right”. The paper describes the work of the ICP to date, with an emphasis on the place of communication disorders in current international policy and potential pathways for advocacy.
A Kenyan insight
A visit and stay with the Maasai of Kenya reveals a different cultural view of disability and the future. This short article provides an eye-opening insight into how cultures relate to, value and live with people with a disability.
Did You Know?
- Around 800 million adults — two-thirds of whom are women — lack minimum literacy skills. Over sixty million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out. According to UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report on Education for All (2006), the lowest levels of adult literacy are in South and West Asia (58.6%), followed by sub-Saharan Africa (59.7%), and the Arab States (62.7%). Countries with the lowest literacy rates in the world are Burkina Faso (12.8%), Niger (14.4%) and Mali (19%).
- World Alzheimer’s Day is on September 21 each year. World Alzheimer’s Month is the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. Two out of every three people globally believe there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries.
Awareness Days Related to Communications
International Communication Health News From Around the World
The International Communication Project (ICP) regularly features stories about communication and swallowing difficulties on this website and social media accounts from around the world. If you have a story you’d like to see featured, please contact us.
Bangladesh: Why are most Dhaka parents not teaching their children Bangla?
China (Hong Kong): Hong Kong’s special needs children are not getting the therapy they need past the age of six.
India: A recent study by Cochlear India estimates 5-6 of every 1,000 newborns suffer from some degree of hearing loss in India.
Indonesia: A company is launching a speech therapy app in Indonesia, as the company aims to make treatment of children with special needs more affordable and accessible.
Kazakhstan: A Kazakh psychologist is creating cartoons to help children with speech, language difficulties.
Kenya: African governments have been urged to allocate adequate funds to support the treatment of cleft lip and palate patients in their countries.
Nepal: A study in Nepal is looking at whether hearing loss is more likely after undernourished early years.
Nigeria: Government warns parents that measles can cause deafness, blindness and kill.
Philippines: The ‘Train’ that brings out the smile in Filipino children’s faces.
Qatar: Early intervention is “key to helping kids with Down Syndrome thrive.”
Rwanda: Dealing with cleft lip and palate in Rwanda.
Singapore: Twenty-three young people with special needs honoured for their grit and perseverance.
South Africa: The power of AAC for distance communication. Hear from a parent.
Tanzania: Hearing loss surgery underway in Tanzania.
Uganda: Speech pathology services in the country to benefit from student partnership plan.
Zambia: Study abroad trip to Zambia recognised with innovation award for speech pathology students.
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