Call for Papers for the ‘Conference on Communication Disabilities in East Africa’: July 2018

Conference on Communication Disabilities in East Africa:

Collaborative Service Development

12th-13th July 2018

This 2 day conference is being hosted by Yellow House Health and Outreach Services, in Collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Toronto.


Yellow House has been providing speech and language therapy services in Kenya for nearly 10 years. Our services are based on a community model of social inclusion with a focus on collaborative practices. This includes the collaboration of patients, carers, Community Chiefs, health and education professionals as a necessity to do the work we do.


We believe it is crucial for people to have a platform to share their knowledge. We invite you to share your stories of providing or receiving speech language therapy, education and/or disability services through collaboration, including the challenges and successes of your practice.


Our conference aims to provide professionals, patients and carers with an opportunity to develop new skills, consider varied methods of service delivery and network with like-minded individuals.


Please send us your 150 word abstracts to present at the conference. The presentations will be informal, facilitate discussion and enable time for problem solving.

We are also accepting Poster submissions – please contact us for more information.


Possible themes:

  1. Interdisciplinary practice – Collaboration across the professions
  2. Empowering people with disabilities – Collaborating with families and clients
  3. Collaborative community partnerships to strengthen services
  4. Global Collaboration – learning across cultural contexts
  5. Collaboration to create change – partnering with government at district and national levels.


It is a challenge for Speech and Language Therapists and other allied health and education professionals to access Clinical Professional Development (CPD) in East Africa. If you are interested in providing a 1 hour CPD workshop on your area of expertise/a strategy or intervention you have experience in, then please send a brief overview.


Important Dates:


Abstract and Poster Submissions Deadline: Friday 4th May 2018

Early Bird Fee Registration: 1st May 2018

Final Registration Deadline: 30th June 2018


Please send all submissions and enquiries to