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Latest News from the International Communication Project (December 2020)

The ICP newsletter brings you communication-related information and stories from around the world. Continue reading to learn more about the work of speech-language pathologists in Peru and Kuwait, the work of one of our ICP Participating Organisations, as well as a roundup of communication health stories around the world.

Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights    

In 2020, the International Communication Project (ICP) acknowledges the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly adoption on 10 December 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (UDHR). In 2020, the theme for Human Rights Day (10 December) is ‘’Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights’, and reflects the challenges thrown-up by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. In 2018, the ICP released a video to mark Human Rights Day and to promote the ICP’s own Universal Declaration of Communication Rights. Watch the video and then sign the ICP’s Pledge. Signing the Pledge is an easy but important way of helping bring attention to people with communication disorders and the professionals who work with them. Watch the video now.

India Needs Trained Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

Estimates suggest that India has around 55 million people who require the services provided by audiologists and speech pathologists. But the country only has 5000 professionally trained audiologists and speech pathologists, though plans are afoot to address this shortfall. Read the article.

Communication Supports in Exercising Capacity, Choice and Autonomy

In 2010, Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Recognition that people with disabilities enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis is at the core of Article 12 of the CRPD.  Article 12 clarifies that this requires that people have access to the supports they may need to communicate and/or make decisions. Canada is now obligated to implement Article 12. Read the article.

Awareness Days Related to Communication

10 December
Human Rights Day

3 March
World Hearing Day

International Communication Around the World

The International Communication Project (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!

China: German bakery helps hearing-impaired Chinese earn their daily bread. Read more…

Egypt: Corona today: Deafness is the latest symptom … and Egypt is… Read more…

France: France Encourages Use Of Transparent Masks To Help Those With Hearing Loss. Read more…

India: With sign language, they speak service. Read more…

Israel: New genes for human deafness found in Israeli families. Read more…

Malaysia: Why deafness is not a disability but a linguistic identity. Read more…

Nigeria: How people with speech, hearing loss are denied healthcare services in Abuja (Parts 1 & 2). [Note: there are two different but related articles]

Romania: Romanian speech therapy startup aims to raise EUR 290,000. Read more…

Russia: Sheremetyevo Installs Video Information Assistant to Support Passengers with Hearing and Speech Impairments. Read more…

Turkey: President Erdoğan helps Syrian children in Turkey overcome hearing loss. Read more…

United Arab Emirates: More than 800 consultations for children with developmental delays. Read more…

What A Year 2020 Has Been

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. None more so than those with communication disabilities. The International Communication Project (ICP) thanks all its supporters and member organisations for their ongoing support in 2020. We look forward to working with everyone again in 2021 as we campaign to raise awareness of communication disabilities. Communication remains a fundamental human right. It’s why the ICP strives to highlight the importance of human communication and how communication disabilities significantly impact every aspect of life. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has only highlighted the extra burdens faced by those with communication disabilities. Despite the difficulties we have all confronted in 2020, the ICP wishes everyone a happy New Year and to stay safe in 2020 and beyond.  

Happy Holidays

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