New Disability Tax Credit Information from Revenue Canada

Credit: Revenue Canada

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are medical practitioners who can certify speaking or hearing impairments for the Disability Tax Credit.

  • As of October 4, 2021, there is a new digital application that guides medical practitioners through the completion of Part B of Form T2201. Go to Disability Tax Credit – digital application for medical practitioners to use this new service.
  • Register for a free webinar for medical practitioners on the disability tax credit that will take place on November 17, 2021. For more information, see the webinar registration page.

Click here to learn more

 

Survey: Swallowing Problems in Fibromyalgia – The Practice and Experiences of Healthcare Professionals

Credit: Trinity College Dublin

Are you currently working within one of the following professions?  

• Rheumatologist, Neurologist, Physiotherapist, Dietician, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist 

Please consider taking part in our international research study: 

Ellen Carroll is a final year undergraduate Clinical Speech and Language Studies student at Trinity College Dublin. As part of her thesis, Ellen is carrying out research in the area of swallowing problems in fibromyalgia- specifically the practice and experiences of healthcare professionals (both with and without clinical experience with this population). This research study has been granted ethical approval by the Research Ethics Committee, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College Dublin 

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact:

Ellen at ecarrol7@tcd.ie or her supervisor Dr. Órla Gilheaney at ogilhean@tcd.ie 

 

To complete the anonymous survey, click here
 

Resource for Post COVID-19 Condition (Long COVID) Guidance for Canadian Rehab and Exercise Professionals

Credit: The Interdisciplinary Long COVID Advisory Panel

The Contributors of the Interdisciplinary Long COVID Advisory Panel have released a resource entitled Rehabilitation for Clients with Post COVID-19 Condition (Long COVID): Guidance for Canadian Rehabilitation and Exercise Professionals.

The purpose of this living document is to consolidate resources that will serve to inform clinical decision making. Long COVID is an emerging health condition for which evidence is still emerging regarding the safe application of exercise.

This resource is for health care professionals who may have had clients referred to them for rehabilitation or exercise to manage the symptoms of Long COVID.

Access the resource.

If you have questions about this resource or wish to share additional resources with this group that may serve to evolve the document, please contact information@physiotherapy.ca.

 

Lead Change with the UBC Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care

Credit: University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

The UBC Faculty of Medicine, in conjunction with Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, has recently launched a new certificate.

This part-time Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care was developed to support working health care professionals for the transformation to patient-centred, team-based care. Navigate the complexities of interprofessional teams, integrate and apply your skills in context, and lead change in your organization.

Apply for the January 2022 cohort.

Call for Volunteers for SAC’s Nominations Committee

Submit an expression of interest in applying for SAC’s Nominations Committee

SAC is seeking volunteers to join the Nominations Committee. Volunteering on the SAC’s Nominations Committee is a great way to give back to your national professional association by contributing to the succession planning of SAC’s Board of Directors and Standing Committees. As a member of this committee you will actively participate in the process of identifying and recruiting qualified candidates to run for election to the Board as well as to join SAC’s Standing Committees.

The Nominations Committee currently has three vacancies. If you are interested in joining the committee, please fill out the application form and return it to volunteer@sac-oac.ca.

For more information please see the Nominations Committee terms of reference.

 

Watch SAC’s Virtual Recognition Event

The What:

Each year, Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC)’s Award & Recognition Program recognizes members and associates who have made significant contributions to the association, the community, and the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.

This Virtual Recognition Event will honour the recipients of SAC’s 2021-21 Award & Recognition Program, as well as announce an important change to this year’s awards cycle.

Visit our website to view a list of the 2020-21 award recipients.

The Why:

This year in particular, given the limited opportunities to meet in person and the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, SAC has decided to host a Virtual Recognition Event to properly acknowledge our award recipients in a significant way and in the presence of their peers. Everyone at SAC recognizes the immense contribution our members and associates make to their professions and communities, and we want to celebrate this dedication and determination.

Hosting an event of this nature became a priority for SAC, in order to properly recognize the boundless contributions our members and associates have made and continue to make. We wanted to create a celebration dedicated to recognizing our award recipients in a way that they truly deserve.

We will also be announcing an important change that has been made within the 2021-22 Awards & Recognition Program.

The When:

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The How:

SAC’s Virtual Recognition Event has now passed. Watch the video recording below.

 


Make a Nomination for the 2021-22 Awards Cycle

Do you know a colleague, peer, fellow professional or mentor who goes above and beyond for the profession, their communities and/or SAC? Consider nominating them for an award through SAC’s 2021-22 Awards Program!

 

Make a Nomination for SAC’s Awards & Recognition Program

The professions of speech-language pathology and audiology are constantly growing and advancing, and this couldn’t be done without the tireless work of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants.

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) recognizes the immense contribution our members and associates make to their professions and communities, and we want to celebrate this dedication and determination.

SAC needs your help to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. Do you know a deserving colleague or fellow professional who goes above and beyond to contribute to their profession?
Nominate them for an SAC award!
The nomination deadline is November 30, 2021.

So You Want to Learn About Speech-Language Pathology? New Student Resource Guide

Credit: Evonne Syed & Imad Ali, McMaster University

Two students from McMaster University have developed a student resource guide which serves as an introduction to the profession of speech-language pathology for high school students, youth and all aspiring speech-language pathologists.

Written and designed by Evonne Syed and Imad Ali, in consultation with their professor and SAC member, Dr. Lyn Turkstra, the guide aims to inspire generations of speech-language pathologists to come.

The guide answers questions like:

  • What is a speech-language pathologist?
  • What do they do? Who do they help?
  • How much money can I expect to make?
  • Is this career right for me?
  • … and more!

Access the student resource guide now.

Report on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Communication Accessibility for Adults with Hearing Loss

Credit: Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility

The Survey & The Report

Earlier this year, the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA), University of British Columbia (UBC), and Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility worked together to collect information from Canadians who experience hearing loss and deafness about how the pandemic has impacted their daily lives.

They received insights from close to 700 responses who noted the demand for universal captioning, impacts of masks on communication, and the ability to receive accessible information from the government and media outlets on COVID-19.

The results from this report will provide a foundation to better understand the impact the pandemic has had on our communities and to ensure that moving forward, we can address these challenges as we continue to manage COVID-19 throughout the recovery phase and beyond.

Click here to read the full report.

Key Findings in The Report

  • More than 80% of individuals with hearing loss found it difficult to understand others with face masks.
  • 60% of individuals reported that their mental health has been negatively affected as a result of the pandemic.
  • At least one-quarter of individuals with higher severity of hearing loss were unable to obtain hearing health services due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Only 16% of respondents reported obtaining hearing or hearing aid services remotely from a specialist such as an audiologist or hearing instrument practitioner.
  • Over 60% of respondents reported difficulty in understanding others who are behind plexiglass barriers.
  • At least 60% of respondents indicated that having captioning available would help improve communication with others in video calls and at virtual events.

The Webinar

In May 2021, the research team hosted a webinar where the principal investigators, Dr. Brenda Poon, Wavefront Centre Senior Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at UBC, and Dr. Lorienne Jenstad, Associate Professor at UBC School of Audiology & Speech Sciences, presented the preliminary findings from their work.

Watch the recording of this webinar.

 

2021 Clinical Research Grant Recipients

The winners of the 2021 Clinical Research Grants are Rina Dulku and Shannon Kerr!

 

Rina Dulku

Cultural Humility and Cultural Safety in Early Intervention Services for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and their Families: Perspectives from Parents and Practitioners

Abstract:
Early intervention effectively mitigates communication and other delays in deaf and hard of hearing children, but how are these potentially impactiful services being accessed by families who do not identify with the dominant culture? This study will explore families’ and clinicians’ perpspectives on barriers and facilitators to culturally safe practices.

 

Shannon Kerr

Swallowing outcomes following McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program using a combination of in-person and teletherapy sessions

Abstract:
This study aims to determine the feasibility of providing McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP) via a combination of in-person and telehealth swallow therapy sessions.
MDTP is an intensive exercise-based swallow therapy program for adults with dysphagia which uses a hierarchy of food consistencies to provide varying resistance.