Dear Affiliated Societies, Members of Affiliated Societies, Individual Members and Supporters of IALP,
It is a great honour to become the President of this important Association. I am standing on the shoulders of many who have taken our professions forward in the service of those with speech, language, communication, hearing and swallowing difficulties.
We have a global vision to facilitate better understanding, knowledge and care of all those with communication and swallowing disorders.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals with disorders of communication, speech, language, voice, hearing and swallowing.
OBJECTIVES OF MY PRESIDENCY
I would like to share with you the objectives that I intend to drive over the next 3 years.
Improving knowledge of the impact of communication disorders. Whilst there may be some general knowledge by the public and governmental offices regarding the more obvious difficulties faced by those with communication and swallowing disorders, there is less awareness and understanding of the impact that this has on their lives and the lives of their families. Those with communication difficulties are more likely to perform less well in school, achieve less in work, have more restricted social lives, be more likely to have behavioural problems and be more likely to have contact with the judicial system. Depression, financial instability and divorce are more prevalent in those with communication difficulties. Our professions are central to alleviating and managing the consequences of these disorders.
Improving equity of access.
All countries have communities which are underserved by our professions and in some countries many are unserved. Whilst most government departments recognise the needs of those with physical disabilities some still feel that the ability to communicate is more of a ‘cosmetic problem’. Furthermore, some governmental departments have good understanding but limited resources. We need to support colleagues in all countries by providing easily accessible resources to support raising awareness, improving identification, improving flexible interventions and increasing educational opportunities. By working together, and only by working together, we can improve services for all of those with communication disorders.
In order to achieve these objectives I feel that the following actions are necessary:
I believe that this will make the Association’s purpose clearer to the professionals that we wish to represent, to the government bodies that we wish to influence and to the public that we wish to serve.
At the end of my term, I will review how successful we have been in these areas but I am clear that we will not make an impact unless we work together and focus on this direction of travel.
There will be regular updates during my presidency on this website.
I will need your help and support with this!!
Sincerely, Pam Enderby OBE, PhD, DSc, MSc, FRCSLT President IALP