Addressing education of speech-language pathologists in the World Report on Disability: Development of a speech-language pathology program in Malaysia

Kartini Ahmad, Hasherah Mohd Ibrahim, Basyariatul Fathi Othman, Etain Vong

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Abstract

The current paper is a response to the Wiley, McAllister, Davidson, and Marshall lead article regarding the application of the World Report on Disability (WRD) to people with communication disorders. The current paper directly addresses recommendation 5 (improvement of human resource capacity) and indirectly addresses recommendations 7, 8, and 9 (related to improving local knowledge and data on communicative disabilities) indirectly. The paper describes Malaysia's initiatives in the early 1990s, in developing its local professional capacity to provide services for people with communication disorders (PWCD). It charts the history of development of a local undergraduate entry-level degree program for speech-language pathology (SLP) from the point of conceptualization to full execution. The article provides glimpses to the processes and challenges faced by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia as the pioneer university in the South East Asia region to undertake the training and education of the SLP profession and highlights relevant issues faced by newly introduced professions in a country where resources and practice traditions were previously unavailable. It underscores the important role played by government institutions and an international professional network in driving forward-looking policies to implement and sustain the program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-41
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

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Keywords

  • Malaysia
  • Speech-language pathology program
  • Universiti Kebangsaan
  • World Health Organization
  • World Report on Disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing
  • Research and Theory
  • Language and Linguistics

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Addressing education of speech-language pathologists in the World Report on Disability : Development of a speech-language pathology program in Malaysia. / Ahmad, Kartini; Mohd Ibrahim, Hasherah; Othman, Basyariatul Fathi; Vong, Etain.

In: International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Vol. 15, No. 1, 02.2013, p. 37-41.

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