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Looking back on 2016

Posted on 15 December, 2016 at 8:35 Comments comments (1)

2016 has been a busy year for Communicability Global! For a small (but perfectly formed!) organisation, we have been involved in a number of innovative projects including:

Chance for Childhood: Education, Equity and Empowerment project, Northern Rwanda

Chance for Childhood: Communication Camps, Northern Rwanda

Chance for Childhood / UNICEF / Handicap International: Curriculum design, Rwanda

Chance for Childhood: LEAP project and wider dsiability communications work (Kenya, UK)

University of Rwanda: BSc SLT degree design

UNHCR, MMU, IHCD: Supporting refugee-survivors of SGBV with communication dsiability

In addition, both Helen and Julie have attended a number of key global conferences, presenting on their work in East Africa and have written and published a number of papers. Some are still in press but look out for the links on the resorces page soon.

2017 is set to be an exciting one: We are planning to expand our work with UNHCR and MMU to further support the SGBV project in Rwanda and are in discussions with Strive Rwanda to support them to implement inclusive early childhood development training for community health workers and ECD centre staff in three districts.We will continue our work with Chance for Childhood in Rwanda and the East African region and hope to develop more opportunities to advocate for people with communication disabilities worldwide.

For all our supporters, friends, partners and the people we work for - people with communication disabilities - who celebrate Christmas, we hope you have a very merry one and that 2017 is the best yet.

See you next year!





Food for thought at IALP Congress, 2016

Posted on 2 September, 2016 at 6:10 Comments comments (0)

The Communicability Global team attended the 30th World Congress of the International Association of Logopaedics and Phoniatrics in Dublin, Ireland, last week and presented and engaged in discussion about how best to provide culturally sensitive, appropriate and ethical support to majority world countries looking to develop services for people with communication disability. The debates were excellent and have inspired us to do more to raise awareness of the need for cultural competence amongst external advisors working in low and middle-income contexts, linking with the International Communication Project (ICP). To see my presentation on challenges to developing cultural competence for SLTs practising in East Africa, contact me on helen.barrett@communicabilityglobal.com.

If you are interested in signing the Universal Declaration of Communication Rights, you can simply clickhttp://www.elrha.org/project/mmu/ and keep watching for more entries!" target="_blank"> here!

Also last month, I worked with some more families of children with cerebral palsy in Northern Rwanda through the https://chanceforchildhood.org/what-we-do/communication-camps-in-rwanda/" target="_blank">Chance for Childhood communication camps. The Chance for Childhood team supported another 12 families in Gakenke district to understand more about their child, their communication, their development and how to feed them safely.

Alongside this, Julie and I have been working on completing the Humanitarian Innovation Fund project on supporting refugee survivors of sexual and gender based violence who have a communicaion disability in Rwanda. You can read more about the project and follow our blog here. Watch out for our literature review soon! 


Kamini Gadhok, CEO of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, UK, presents at IALP on how to influence to achieve global understanding of communication disability. Dublin, August 2016.

A busy and exciting month ahead!

Posted on 11 May, 2016 at 7:35 Comments comments (0)

May just seems to be one of those months when the team at Communicability Global has more to do that can fit into your standard 24 hours! Not only are we planning and implementing the Humanitarian Innovation Fund project on access to support services for refugee-survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Rwanda, but also supporting the University of Rwanda in their strategic planning and devlopment of the first degree-level training for speech and language therapists in the country later this month (see project tabs on the main page).

I am busy writing a literature review of evidence related to the vulnerability of refugees with communciaition disability to SGBV and the findings so far are remarkable: though there is plenty of evidence that refugee women and girls are at high risk of SGBV, particularly if they have a disability, very little literature relates to the vulnerbaility of people with communication disabilities (PWCD)  and the difficulties they face in accessing legal redress and support services. A small number of papers allude to the challenges but do not tackle them head on. As the Women's Refugee Commission states, there is a lack of technical expertise in supporting people with speech and language impairments to access servies in humanitarian settings (WRC, 2014). So far, there is no evidence of alternative and augmentative communication strategies being used to help refugees with communication difficulties access SGBV-related protection in humanitarian settings. The search continues, but the literature gap so far highlights the vital importance of the HIF proejct we are about to embark on in Rwanda to ensure PWCD access the support services that they need and have a right to access.

More soon!!

Helen



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