Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Reflections of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists on Practices in a Multicultural, Multilingual Society

Author(s) Theresa Young, MCISc
Fern Westernoff, EdD, MHSc
Volume 23
Number 1
Year 1999
Page(s) 24-30
Language English
Keywords culture
Abstract In recognition of the challenges faced by audiologists and speech-language pathologists working with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, an interdisciplinary panel presentation was hosted at the Ontario Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) 1996 Conference. The session included a synopsis of demographic trends followed by a summary of national and provincial guidelines relevant to our practices. The audience then shared issues and challenges faced in their work settings. Promising practices were presented by panel members, followed by an opportunity for the audience to recommend actions to improve service delivery for clientele from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This article integrates the reflections and suggestions of the participating practioners with relevant literature, through a discussion of the issues and recommendations impacting on professionals, employment settings, professional associations, universities, and government.

En reconnaissance des défis auxquels font face les orthophonistes et audiologistes œuvrant auprès de clients de diverses cultures et langues, on a tenu une présentation multidisciplinaire lors du congrès de 1996 de l’Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA). Cette séance a compris un synopsis des tendances démographiques, suivi d’un sommaire des lignes de conduite nationales et provinciales intéressant nos pratiques. Les membres de l’auditoire ont alors partagé les questions et les défis vécus dans leurs milieux professionnels. Les panélistes ont présenté quelques pratiques prometteuses, puis on a donné aux membres de l’auditoire l’occasion de recommander diverses façons d’améliorer la prestation des services à une clientèle culturellement et linguistiquement diverse. Cet article associe les réflexions et les suggestions des praticiens participants à la littérature pertinente par le biais d’une étude des questions et des recommandations ayant des incidences sur les professionnels, les milieux de travail, les associations professionnelles, les universités et les gouvernements.
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