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Taskforce on Global and Humanitarian Efforts

Taskforce on Global and Humanitarian Efforts

In recent years the American Academy of Audiology has become a center point for addressing several emerging issues in audiology. Consequently, the Academy has created a task force called “Task Force to Evaluate the Role of the American Academy of Audiology in Global and Humanitarian Efforts.” The overall goal of this task force can be summarized into three areas:

  1. How the Academy can become a global leader in providing audiological services to global community? This includes identifying research that is unique to that region, helping develop educational programs, and identify Academy members who are involved in training and teaching classes in other countries.
  2. How the Academy can become a clearing house for humanitarian work in this country and in other countries? The first step in the Academy’s support of humanitarian audiology, however, is to identify organizations and Academy members currently involved in humanitarian work in this country and in other countries. Humanitarian (philanthropic) audiology by several Academy members has helped much needed service delivery in several parts of the world. We need members to let the Academy know of others. Please see the contact information at the end of this article.
  3. How the Academy can infuse cultural and linguistic awareness in our clinical practice and encourage students from various cultures to become audiologists? Do we have enough audiologists who speak different languages, come from different cultural backgrounds, and can provide adequate clinical services to culturally and linguistically diverse population? The resounding answer is NO. The ideal situation would be have audiologists who are culturally sensitive to the needs of the patients and who can also speak different language to provide adequate services to their patients.

Several members of the Academy are involved in these three areas; however, Academy members lack a centralized location to seek information and appreciate their contributions. The intent of this announcement is to recognize the individual efforts and also to help others interested in these areas to get needed information easily from the Academy’s website. If you are involved in any of the three areas mentioned above, we would like to know your contributions as well as your interest in being part of this task force, please contact: Bopanna Ballachanda at humanitarian@audiology.org