Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in South Africa: Reflections on Transformation in Professional Training and Practice Since the End of Apartheid South Africa (SA), a country of approximately 52 million people, is in a continuous state of transforming its social, political, educational, health, and economic policies. Vast disparities of inequality and social injustice still exist between the “haves” and the “have-nots” even after the demise of the Apartheid era in 1994; ... Article
Article  |   May 15, 2017
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in South Africa: Reflections on Transformation in Professional Training and Practice Since the End of Apartheid
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  • Sharon Moonsamy
    Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, School of Human and Community Development, Braamfontein-Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa
  • Anniah Mupawose
    Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, School of Human and Community Development, Braamfontein-Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa
  • Jaishika Seedat
    Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, School of Human and Community Development, Braamfontein-Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa
  • Munyane Mophosho
    Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, School of Human and Community Development, Braamfontein-Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa
  • Dhanashree Pillay
    Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, School of Human and Community Development, Braamfontein-Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Hearing Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / International & Global / Part 1
Article   |   May 15, 2017
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in South Africa: Reflections on Transformation in Professional Training and Practice Since the End of Apartheid
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2017, Vol. 2, 30-41. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.30
History: Received February 20, 2017 , Revised April 13, 2017 , Accepted April 20, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2017, Vol. 2, 30-41. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.30
History: Received February 20, 2017; Revised April 13, 2017; Accepted April 20, 2017

South Africa (SA), a country of approximately 52 million people, is in a continuous state of transforming its social, political, educational, health, and economic policies. Vast disparities of inequality and social injustice still exist between the “haves” and the “have-nots” even after the demise of the Apartheid era in 1994; hence the levels of poverty among the majority Black population have a significant impact on access to services in health and education . The complexity in development and transformation of the speech-language pathology (SLP) and audiology professions in this context needs to be understood by considering the deep rooted history of the country. The purpose of this article, therefore, was to reflect upon the clinical training and practice of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists (AuDs) in SA in the areas of health, primary, and tertiary education pre- and post-apartheid. The successes and challenges of the profession during the period of transition are discussed. The focus of the speech-language pathology and audiology professions now is on ensuring that praxis is relevant to the needs of a diverse SA, regarding contextual and linguistically relevant resources, rural and urban access, and the development of a culturally competent therapist who can work globally.

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