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The International Year of Indigenous Languages: Preservation of Culture and Language

October 30, 2019

8:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET

Sponsored by SIG 14, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders

This live online chat will focus on indigenous language and culture in honor of the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly proclaiming 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. In 2016, 40% of the world’s estimated 6,700 languages were in danger of disappearing, with most languages belonging to indigenous people. SIGs 14 and 17 have assembled panelists to address the following five key action areas of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:

  • Increasing understanding, reconciliation and international cooperation
  • Creating favorable conditions for knowledge sharing and dissemination of good practices
  • Integrating indigenous languages into a standard setting Empowering through capacity building
  • Elaborating new knowledge to foster growth and development

One panelist will discuss being an indigenous language speaker who provides bilingual speech-language pathology services. The other panelist will describe being an indigenous language speaker whose first language is English participating in multiple indigenous cultures and recording oral histories. Both will suggest strategies that professionals can use to interact with cultural humility, cultural responsiveness, and cultural sensitivity.

The following panelists will be available for questions:

  • T. Rosario Roman, MA, CCC-SLP, CEO/Owner of Bilingual Multicultural Services Inc., SIG 17 Coordinator, Bolivian speaker of indigenous language
  • Ian Maloney, Senior Quantitative Analyst, D Ameritrade, explorer and recorder of North American indigenous culture

This free event is open to all ASHA members (it is not offered for CEUs).

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