Stitching a new garment: Considering the future of the speech–language therapy profession globally

South African Journal of Communication Disorders

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Title Stitching a new garment: Considering the future of the speech–language therapy profession globally
Creator Staley, Bea Fernandes, Marise Hickey, Ellen Barrett, Helen Wylie, Karen Marshall, Julie Pillay, Mershen Kathard, Harsha Sowden, Ryann Rochus, David Westby, Carol E. Roman, T. Rosario Hartley, Sally D.
Subject Speech Language Therapy communication disability; global practice; equity; future; Majority and Minority World contexts
Description Providing equitable support for people experiencing communication disability (CD) globally is a historical and contemporary challenge for the speech–language therapy profession. A group of speech–language therapists (SLTs) with ongoing and sustained experiences in Majority and Minority World contexts participated in five virtual meetings in 2021. The aim of these meetings was to develop provocative statements that might spur a global discussion among individuals and organisations that support people experiencing CD. The following questions were discussed: What is our vision for the future of the profession globally? What are the global challenges around access to speech–language therapy services?Four main themes emerged: (1) the need to centre people experiencing CD as the focal point of services, (2) participation, (3) equity and (4) community. The themes relate to the need for a process of de-imperialism in the profession. Suggestions were made to develop more suitable terminology and to establish a global framework that promotes more equitable access to communication services. We seek the adoption of approaches that focus on reciprocal global engagement for capacity strengthening. Alternative models of culturally sustaining and equitable service delivery are needed to create impact for people experiencing CD, and their families worldwide.Contribution: Provocative statements were developed to prompt global conversations among speech–language therapy professionals and associations. We encourage readers to consider the questions posed, share their viewpoints and initiate positive change towards a global strategy.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2022-11-21
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajcd.v69i1.932
Source South African Journal of Communication Disorders; Vol 69, No 1 (2022); 5 pages 2225-4765 0379-8046
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Bea Staley, Marise Fernandes, Ellen Hickey, Helen Barrett, Karen Wylie, Julie Marshall, Mershen Pillay, Harsha Kathard, Ryann Sowden, David Rochus, Carol E. Westby, T. Rosario Roman, Sally D. Hartley