1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Target Audiences
Speech-Language Pathology
Communication Health Assistant


Time & Length of Session
Afternoon Sessions

Cultural Competence: Providing Inclusive Services to the LGBTQ+ Population

The language used in the descriptions reflects the language of the sessions.

Authors: Vincent Bourassa Bédard, MPO, PhD Candidate, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC; Geneviève Meloni, MSc, PhD Candidate, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC; Emma St-Laurent-Roberge, MPO, Commission scolaire Marie-Victorin, Longueil, QC.

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada’s Code of Ethics (SAC, 2016) states that its members should demonstrate acceptance toward their patients regardless of their sexual orientation and gender. However, recent studies in speech-language pathology show that most clinicians are not knowledgeable enough about LGBTQ+ issues. This issue leads to inequities in service access, meaning that LGBTQ+ communities do not always seek needed care because of past negative experiences or fear of homophobic/transphobic comments. This workshop is specifically designed for all S-LPs and will use case studies to help clinicians feel better equipped to provide inclusive services for all clients.


Vincent Bourassa Bédard
MPO, PhD Candidate


Genevieve Meloni
M.Sc., PhD Candidate