Impetus for Change: Speech-Language Pathology Around the Globe Approximately 56 countries in the world have speech-language pathology services which are promoted on public websites, The International Directory of Communication Disorders (2016), or The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association resources (e.g., ASHA, 2016). For the remaining 140+ countries, sources detailing speech-language pathology services and academic programming are not readily available and the ... Article
Article  |   October 06, 2016
Impetus for Change: Speech-Language Pathology Around the Globe
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Cindy Gill
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
  • Sneha Bharadwaj
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
  • Paula Chance
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
  • Nancy Quick
    Speech and Hearing Sciences PhD Program, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Sarah Wainscott
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
  • Disclosures
    Disclosures ×
  • Financial: The authors have no financial interests related to the content of this article.
    Financial: The authors have no financial interests related to the content of this article.×
  • Nonfinancial: The authors have no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.
    Nonfinancial: The authors have no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   October 06, 2016
Impetus for Change: Speech-Language Pathology Around the Globe
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2016, Vol. 1, 3-6. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG17.3
History: Received May 18, 2016 , Revised July 22, 2016 , Accepted September 9, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, October 2016, Vol. 1, 3-6. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG17.3
History: Received May 18, 2016; Revised July 22, 2016; Accepted September 9, 2016

Approximately 56 countries in the world have speech-language pathology services which are promoted on public websites, The International Directory of Communication Disorders (2016), or The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association resources (e.g., ASHA, 2016). For the remaining 140+ countries, sources detailing speech-language pathology services and academic programming are not readily available and the status of the profession is unclear. However, recent global efforts have highlighted the lack of rehabilitation services for persons in many countries. This article will review the barriers and solutions for change in locations where services such as speech-language pathology are not available, as well as recent developments that have prompted elevation of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Order a Subscription
Pay Per View
All Perspectives articles & archives
24-hour access
This Article
24-hour access
We've Changed Our Publication Model...
The 19 individual SIG Perspectives publications have been relaunched as the new, all-in-one Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.