Coordinator's Corner I would like to welcome our affiliates (members) to Division 14. Those of you who have been Division 14 affiliates for a while will notice that we have a new logo and a new name. We are no longer the Division 14 Newsletter. We have been transformed into Perspectives on ... Coordinator's Column
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column   |   May 01, 2002
Coordinator's Corner
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, May 2002, Vol. 8, 1-2. doi:10.1044/cds8.1.1
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, May 2002, Vol. 8, 1-2. doi:10.1044/cds8.1.1
I would like to welcome our affiliates (members) to Division 14. Those of you who have been Division 14 affiliates for a while will notice that we have a new logo and a new name. We are no longer the Division 14 Newsletter. We have been transformed into Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations. The new look signals a new year and some new initiates for our division.
As the new Coordinator of Division 14, I am very excited about our division and the opportunity to work with our affiliates. Our membership is growing as more and more of you realize the need to affiliate with a group of speech-language pathologists and audiologists who are practicing, teaching, and consulting in the area of communication development and disorders and diversity. The need for diversity expertise is only going to grow and increase as the population becomes more diverse. More children whose first language is not English are coming into our communities and schools, and we need special skills and knowledge to provide the services they need. Adults and elders from various cultural backgrounds are becoming part of our caseloads in hospitals, community clinics, long-term care facilities and anywhere that services for people with communication disorders are offered. I grew up in North Carolina and was traveling in the central part of the state earlier this year. I stopped in a Wendy’s in Siler City, NC (population 6,966) to get a cup of coffee. There were four employees behind the counter. Two were Latino. Just 5 or 6 years ago Latino people in this small community would have been a novelty, but not anymore. Bilingual education is now one of North Carolina’s most pressing challenges. In Summerville, SC a suburb of Charleston the Payless Shoe Store has sale signs in the window in Spanish. Those of you in other parts of the country can tell similar stories. The changes demographers have been forecasting for years are finally here. All of this makes us even more aware of the need for better assessment, diagnostic, and intervention schemes for these diverse populations.
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