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Gone to Ghana 2013

by Catherine Crowley

George Odoi, our guide, is walking the Teachers College Columbia University group through the market showing us typical foods in a Ghanaian market outside of Cape Coast. Notice the straw hats the market women wear to protect themselves from the hot sun

I am on the faculty in the program of speech-language pathology (SLP) at Teachers College Columbia University. For the past six years (see 2012 and 2011 posts) I have been bringing our graduate students to Ghana to provide free services to Ghanaians with communication disabilities and to share knowledge and skills with the handful of SLPs in Ghana and with teachers, medical personnel, and people with and families of people with communication disabilities. Again this year I am bringing 20 of our graduate students, three licensed and certified SLPs, and a documentary filmmaker to create tutorials on our work. We work with the ENT Departments and the cleft palate teams at both KNUST and the University of Ghana’s Korle Bu hospital. (In March, Ghana’s Ambassador to the U.N., Ambassador Kanda, presented us with the 2012 Humanitarian Award from the National Council of Ghanaian Associations recognizing our work.)

Please follow our trip on our 2013 blog.

Catherine (Cate) Crowley, J.D., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a distinguished senior lecturer in the program of SLP at Teachers College Columbia University where she coordinates the bilingual/multicultural program focus and directs the Bilingual Extension Institute. In addition to the Ghana trip, Cate has led TC students to Bolivia for six years. Cate is a member of ASHA’s SIG 17 Global Issues in Communication Disorders.

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PROF. sATYA mAHAPATRA January 5, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Hi ! I appreciate the humanitarian efforts undertaken in Ghana. I invite such programs for India. The Institute of Health Sciences would be willing to host visits by professional volunteers. India has tremendous volume of work to be done. A visit to this place will be quite rewarding. Any suggestion is welcome.

anne bruce January 28, 2013 - 5:50 am


I thought you might like to know that I have already begun taking new SLT graduates to work in India. I would be interested to follow up this contact; I plan to return (for the 6th time!) to India next autumn if I can get the funding. I already have two more new graduates who are interested.

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