The Department of Audiology, speech and language therapy under the auspices of the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Services has held a symposium to promote the role of Speech and Language Therapists in the country and create awareness of their services.
Speech and Language Therapists provide services to people with communication disabilities and swallowing difficulties.
The University of Ghana commenced the speech and language therapy training in August 2016 and now has its first batch of students trained and ready to work in the various health centers.
This forum also served as a platform to commend Ghana for being part of the 6 countries in Africa to have trained personnel and facilities required for communication disability rehabilitation.
Speaking at the event, Mrs. Amina Achiaa, who is the director of Special Education, revealed that her outfit, in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service, is in the fight to prevent and detect earl y signs of children with communication defects and any form of disability.
“…we have started at the entry point at the age of 4 years when they are entering kg…so that we will be able to detect any disability like communication defect.” she noted
In a further engagement, she disclosed that her division has made provisions to include children with speech disabilities into mainstream education.
“Now we want to go inclusive into society. So now we have a policy on inclusive education and the objective is to ensure that all manner of children irrespective of their disabilities have access to education, students with communication defects are also part of the policy.” she added
To issues of stigmatisation against these special students, she said that “there’s education, massive education ongoing. We all play an advocacy role… we sensitized the public that we need to accept them and give them our support so that that sense of stigmatisation will be eroded”.
The symposium was held at the Bank of Ghana auditorium of the university of Ghana
Story by: Hendrina-Rose Bawa/universnewsroom