Why We May Fail Multicultural Practice: A Point of View The issue of multiculturalism is central to our practice as speech-language pathologists. In this communiqué, I will argue that we are failing in our attempts to embrace multicultural practice and then proceed to suggest how we might take up the challenge. I raise questions and reflect on issues from our ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2002
Why We May Fail Multicultural Practice: A Point of View
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  • Harsha Kathard
    Speech and Hearing Therapy, University of Durban-Westville, South Africa
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Article   |   July 01, 2002
Why We May Fail Multicultural Practice: A Point of View
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, July 2002, Vol. 8, 11-13. doi:10.1044/cds8.2.11
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, July 2002, Vol. 8, 11-13. doi:10.1044/cds8.2.11
The issue of multiculturalism is central to our practice as speech-language pathologists. In this communiqué, I will argue that we are failing in our attempts to embrace multicultural practice and then proceed to suggest how we might take up the challenge. I raise questions and reflect on issues from our clinical site in South Africa—a site that has made the multicultural agenda a rich and fascinating reality issue. Mershen Pillay has already described context in the May 2002 edition of the Division 14 Perspectives.
At the outset, I would like to raise a few questions—questions I have asked myself repeatedly. Reflect on these and try to respond to them from where you are positioned. It may also assist you to interact with my point of view critically and actively.
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