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Latest News from the International Communication Project (September 2019)

The ICP newsletter brings you communication-related information and stories from around the world. Continue reading for information on ICP’s recent presence at the UN and the declaration of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019), as well as a roundup of communication health stories around the world.

International Communication Project in Action

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ICP Raises Communication Disability at the United Nations

The International Communication Project has hosted a breakthrough event at the United Nations. The setting was the recent Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (COSP), an annual gathering of disability officials, advocates, and experts from around the world. Co-sponsored by the Australian Government, the ICP event was organised by two ICP founders, Speech Pathology Australia and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists, with help from a third founder, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Watch ICP’s UN Presentation
Video of ICP’s recent presentation,‘People with Communication Disability Speak Up for Inclusion and Participation: How the Implementation of the CRPD and the SDGs can Support this Right (COSP12 Side Event)’ is available on the United Nations TV website.


International Communication News

International Year of Indigenous Languages

In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019). At the time, it was estimated that 40 per cent of the estimated 6,700 languages spoken around the world were in danger of disappearing. The fact that most of these are indigenous languages puts the cultures and knowledge systems to which they belong at risk. Celebrating IYIL2019 will help promote and protect indigenous languages and improve the lives of those who speak them.  It will contribute to achieving the objectives set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. Learn how you can get involved.


Awareness Days Related to Communication


International Communication 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: Addressing the speech therapy needs of 600,000 people in the Kingdom.

China: Chinese researchers find new gene linked to deafness.

Cyprus: Cabinet approves subsidies for hearing aids.

Finland: Music helps develop the spoken language of hearing-impaired children, study finds.

India: Government school in city gives speech therapy for kids with hearing problems.

Kenya: Kenyan’s invention turns sign language into audible speech.

Malta: Maltese elected chair of CPLOL.

Malaysia: Expert: Important to check baby’s hearing for early signs of deafness. Read more…

Nepal: Deaf community in Nepal remains limited to service jobs and skilled work.

Nigeria: Expert warns Nigerians on dangers of noise pollution to hearing.

Qatar: HMC screens over 25,000 newborns for hearing issues.

Spain: AG Bell Holds First Ever Global Symposium.

Syria: Long after the guns fall silent, Mosul residents suffer hearing loss.

Taiwan: Survey finds 40 per cent of Taiwan’s over-65s suffer hearing loss.

The Netherlands: Mum’s the word: babies learn language quicker from mama.

Uganda: Government Called to Implement Insurance Framework to Enable Cochlear Implants.

United Arab Emirates: Couple in UAE hear Ramadan prayers for the first time in over 40 years.

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



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