International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP)
Members may wish to note that IALP along with colleagues from the European Speech-Language Association (ESLA) and those in the International Communication Project (ICP) have been fully engaged with the World Health Organisation- Rehabilitation in Emergencies initiative in its response to the invasion of Ukraine.
We have been in touch with the Ukrainian SLT Association to identify needs for resources, training and equipment.
We are contributing to:
- Coordination of education and training (communication/dysphagia/use of AAC/safe methods) and resources for use in emergency response within Ukraine and to support displaced persons/refugees.
- Working with other international organisations to support their activities.
- Identifying resources and equipment to assist those with disabilities (particularly those with communication and swallowing disorders– both pre-existing and recently acquired).
- Developing guidance for healthcare workers who wish to travel to Ukraine or impacted areas to assist. Please note healthcare workers must only travel to assist as part of a formal team. Further information available.
Pam Enderby 20th of March 2022
President International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP)
The following manual ‘Early Rehabilitation in Conflict And Disasters’provides information on communication and swallowing in Chapter 7 . More will be added to this particular on aphasia. Please see link:
Early rehabilitation in conflict and disasters (who.int)