Pathways to Culturally Responsive Service Delivery Through Technology Addressing the “spoken word” of all forms is one of the main goals of our profession. As speech-language pathologists and audiologists, we strive to offer our clients the opportunity to take control of their environment successfully and in new ways. The “spoken word” is also our greatest tool as ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2012
Pathways to Culturally Responsive Service Delivery Through Technology
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  • Silvia Martinez
    Howard University, Communications Sciences and Disorders, Washington, DC
  • Sheila Bridges-Bond
    North Carolina Central University, Communication Disorders, Durham, NC
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Article   |   December 01, 2012
Pathways to Culturally Responsive Service Delivery Through Technology
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, December 2012, Vol. 19, 69-70. doi:10.1044/cds19.3.69
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, December 2012, Vol. 19, 69-70. doi:10.1044/cds19.3.69
Addressing the “spoken word” of all forms is one of the main goals of our profession. As speech-language pathologists and audiologists, we strive to offer our clients the opportunity to take control of their environment successfully and in new ways. The “spoken word” is also our greatest tool as clinicians, for it is through communication that we address our clients' specific needs, styles, and preferences.
Arthur Clarke (1917–2008) states, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” It is through the technology of the spoken word that we as clinicians perform our “magic” across diverse populations in varied and complex environments. Great strides have been made in reducing gaps in technology knowledge and use among culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Contrary to past findings, there is emerging evidence that there seems to be a higher percentage of users among Hispanics and Blacks for certain technologies. For example, USA Today (Washington, 2011) reports that Internet access by phone is seen in about one third of Whites as compared to about half of Hispanics and Blacks. Ownership of laptops is about the same for all (50%) but broadband use is more among Whites. Finally, social media such as Facebook is more popular among one third of culturally and diverse populations as compared to a reported 20% usage among Whites.
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