Specific Language and Learning Disorders Congress in Togo, August 2018

An invitation from The Federation of Speech-Language Organizations of Francophone Africa (FOAF):

FOAF is  organising its first scientific congress on the theme: Specific Language and Learning Disorders in Africa: Issues and Challenges in Lomé (TOGO) from 20 to 22 August 2018.

FOAF is composed of 10 associations of speech therapists from 10 French-speaking African countries and is based in Lomé. Its purpose is to promote speech therapy through the coordination of the actions of its members. It works for the recognition of the profession and its roots, for the promotion of the quality of the speech-language practice, for the capacity building of speech-language pathologists, and for the adaptation of diagnostic and orthophonic care tools, in Africa.

You are invited to participate in this congress which will gather professionals of Africa, Europe and America.

For further information, you may write to FOAF at the following address: foafafrique@yahoo.com  or see the website: www.foafafrique.org.

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 conference@yellowhouseoutreach.org




Working in Less Resourced Settings: new updated guide available

In a continuing collaboration between CTI, ADAPT and OT Frontiers, the new guide for allied health professionals working in less resourced settings has been published. It provides an invaluable guide for those thinking about or currently working overseas.

The guide is available to download as a pdf here and you can also download each section individually if you visit our Resources page.

Hard copies are also available for £8.50 plus postage – please contact us if you would like to order a copy.

Many thanks to all those who were involved with the project to update this guide!

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