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Collaborations to address barriers for people with communication disabilities in Ghana: Considering the World Report on Disability.
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PMID:  23323817     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract The World Health Organization's World Report on Disability underscores the need to identify and address barriers that limit people with disabilities from having access to services. Wylie, McAllister, Davidson, and Marshall (2013) consider the impact of that report on people with communication disabilities (PWCD). Over the past 5 years, the authors have worked together in Ghana to address the needs of PWCD. With only about 10 university-trained speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in Ghana, the barriers to PWCD receiving services are quite high. The authors are working together and with others to establish the first speech-language pathology program in Ghana. The authors also work to identify ways to share with PWCD and their families knowledge and skills on how to improve the communicative function of PWCD. In doing so, the authors have learned valuable lessons about the role of an SLP, especially when considering under-served PWCD, lessons that are applicable to both Majority and Minority World countries. This commentary describes the authors' work over the past 5 years, and describes initiatives that have had some measure of success in reducing barriers to access to information and services needed by PWCD and their caregivers and communities.
Catherine Crowley; Miriam Baigorri; Clement Ntim; Belinda Bukari; Albert Oseibagyina; Emmanuel Kitcher; Albert Paintsil; Opoku Ware Ampomah; Anthony Laing
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of speech-language pathology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1754-9515     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Speech Lang Pathol     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101320232     Medline TA:  Int J Speech Lang Pathol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Teachers College Columbia University, New York , NY , USA.
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