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Ghana 2011

GHANA 2011
December 31, 2010 to January 15, 2011

Catherine (Cate) Crowley, Director, and Miriam Baigorri, Clinic Director
Dorothy Leone, Clinical Supervisor and Unit School Specialist

TC SLP Master’s Students


Brooke Linden, Cassie Wangsness, Christina Lam, 
Danielle Lake, Diana Pritsker, Elaine Fong, Heather Campbell,
Jackie Rubinstein, Jacqueline Schmieder, Jamie Horn, Jennie Portney,
Jocelyn Pekler, Lisa McBride, Rebecca Steinhilber

The TC SLP team is now seen as part of the move towards greater awareness and services for people with disabilities. We were honored to appear on two television programs. In these programs our goal was to share information about the potential for people with disabilities. We have learned that just by being from Teachers College Columbia University with such a commitment to working with people with disabilities is a very strong statement on the value of people with disabilities. This link is to one of the interviews. Ghana TV video
 
We also decided to maintain a daily blog of our work in Ghana with lots of photos. It was later posted on ASHA’s blogsphere. That link is here because there were so many wonderful comments from colleagues and from former students.
http://blog.asha.org/2011/02/11/gone-to-ghana/

Perhaps the highlight of our work was a 90 minute meeting with Ghana’s Minister of Education and his Deputy Ministers. During the meeting, the Minister reviewed the "White Paper" that Cate Crowley had written demonstrating the support needed for the "unit schools" for students with intellectual disabilities to continue. The Minister implemented the recommendations. Below is a photo of Cate Crowley with the Minister and his Deputy Ministers and the TC 2011 Ghana Team.




Another highlight was when we watched one of the surgeons on the cleft palate team at Korle Bu, the University of Ghana teaching hospital, close a cleft palate of a 9 year old girl.









We continued to expand our work with special education teachers Belinda Bukari and Clement Tnim in their "unit school" classrooms. As part of that work, we reinforced and expanded the AAC system we had developed so Belinda’s students could go to the local market for their families.