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Latest News from the International Communication Project (June 2019)

The International Communication Project (ICP) newsletter brings you communication-related information and stories from around the world. Continue reading for information on ICP’s upcoming presence at the UN and the first ever global standard for safe listening as well as a roundup of communication health stories around the world.

International Communication Project in Action

International Communication Project at the UN

The ICP is excited to announce that it has been approved to host a side-event at the 12th session of the United Nations’ Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights Persons with Disability (CPRD) in New York on 12 June 2019. This event is co-sponsored by the Australian Government and organised by Speech Pathology Australia and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (both founding member of the ICP) in conjunction with the ICP.

Watch the UN Side-Event
The ICP’s side event commences at 8:15 am (GMT-4) on 12 June 2019 in New York, USA. It can be watched live on UN Web TV.

First Ever Global Standard for Safe Listening Unveiled

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly half of people age 12–35 years old across the globe are at risk of hearing loss from prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds, including music heard through personal audio devices. Because of this health threat, WHO, in conjunction with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), have developed the WHO-ITU H.870 Global Standard on Safe Listening Devices and Systems [PDF] to reduce the risk associated with unsafe use of personal audio devices.


Awareness Days Related to Communication


International Communication Health News From Around the World

The ICP regularly features stories about communication and swallowing difficulties on its website and social media accounts from around the world.

In sharing this news with you, we aim to keep you informed of conversations pertinent to communications and swallowing as they happen around the world. The opinions expressed in these stories do not necessarily represent the views of the ICP, nor does the inclusion of a story indicate endorsement of the article’s viewpoint or accuracy. 

If you have a story you’d like to see featured, please contact us

Cambodia: Speech and language therapist teaches Cambodian doctors how to treat tracheostomy patients.

Czech Republic: The number of children with speech problems is increasing.

Dominican Republic: USU audiology students reflect on humanitarian mission in Dominican Republic.

Fiji: Specialists highlight need to improve audiology in Pacific.

Germany: Munich startup helps stroke patients re-learn to talk.

Ghana: Two-year-old Ghanaian girl hears sound for the first time.

India: Early detection, timely implant can cure hearing impairment.

Indonesia: A Malaysian ear specialist has offered to treat Taufik, the deaf and mute hero of the Lombok earthquake.

Iran: 3,400 infants diagnosed with hearing impairment in Iran last year.

Israel: Kids with disabilities get therapy, hope at Jerusalem’s Shalva Centre.

Kenya: Hope and despair as deaf girl waits for hearing aid implant.

Maldives: Dhiraagu supports Beautiful Eyes Down Syndrome Association

Nigeria: Cochlear implant surgery gives a new lease of life to Nigerian national.

Pakistan: 14 percent of Pakistanis affected by feeding and speech disabilities

Russia: World Hearing Day 2019 in the Russian Federation – check your hearing.

South Africa: International recognition for Cape speech therapist tackling illiteracy.

Sweden: Why you lose hearing for a while after listening to loud sounds.

Taiwan: A student falls asleep with earbuds on and wakes up deaf in one ear. 

Trinidad and Tobago: Deaf advocate wins major award for work in region.

Uganda: Over two million Ugandans suffer hearing loss.

UAE: Dealing with autism spectrum disorder

United States: How AI can improve products for people with impaired speech.

Wales (UK): Speech therapy app launched by Caerphilly-based company.

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



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