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Latest News from the International Communication Project (June 2017)

The ICP newsletter brings you communication-related information and stories from around the world. Continue reading for stories from West and East Africa, a fascinating infographic, new statistics and more!

International Communication Project in Action

Audiology students traveling to Malawi this summer
Many students study abroad as a way to learn about new subjects, cultures and ways of living. Audiology graduate students at Arizona State University will take this one step further by gaining experience with hands-on clinical work overseas. Students will travel to Malawi and Zambia this summer as part of the school’s Hearing for Humanity program. Read more.

Advocating for People with Communication Disorders
Over the last few weeks, a number of politicians have spoken about the issues and challenges faced by with people with communication disorders. Watch this clip from Canada to learn more.

Did You Know?

  • There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures. For example, in Australia, indigenous children are more at risk of otitis media (inflammatory diseases of the middle ear) and therefore more likely to suffer negative outcomes – including communication development.
  • International Literacy Day aims is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Some 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills; one in five adults are still not literate and two-thirds of them are women. Around 60.7 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out.
  • September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma that surrounds dementia. There are currently estimated to be over 46 million people worldwide living with dementia. The number of people affected is set to rise to over 131 million by 2050.

Awareness Days Related to Communications

9 August: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

8 September: International Literacy Day

21 September: World Alzheimer’s Day

New International Communication Stories

The International Communication Project (ICP) regularly features stories about communication and swallowing difficulties on its website from around the world. If you have a story you’d like to see featured, please email. Here are the newest additions.

Promoting Inclusion for Children With Communication Difficulties in Rwanda
Communication difficulties are generally under-recognised and misunderstood in Rwanda, due in large part to the fact that there are currently only five qualified speech and language therapists in the country, serving a population of over 11 million people.
Read more about communication difficulties in Rwanda.

Situation De L’orthophonie en Afrique de L’ouest et au Burkina Faso en Particuulier

Le Centre d’Education et de Formation Intégrée des Sourds et des Entendants (CEFISE) brosse un tableau d’ensemble de l’orthophonie, surtout le manque de ressources au Burkina Faso. Le pays ne dispose actuellement pas d’un programme national permettant de répondre aux besoins des personnes ayant des troubles de la parole, surtout les bègues et les autistes. Le CEFISE a adopté un rôle primaire en reconnaissant un besoin d’orthophonistes. Le Burkina Faso ne compte que huit orthophonistes, dont seuls trois sont originaires du Burkina Faso. Cela souligne un autre obstacle aux services orthophoniques dans le pays : l’absence d’un système d’évaluation qui témoigne de l’environnement linguistique et culturel du Burkina Faso.
Cliquez pour plus d’informations.

A Compelling Case to Turn Down the Volume

Could your favourite leisure activities be damaging your hearing? According to a recent report, more than half of all adults in the United States with hearing damage do not have noisy jobs! A new infographic highlights how going about your average day might be damaging your hearing. View a full-size version of the infographic.

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



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