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To develop an appropriate knowledge base, speech-language pathologists and audiologists must: (a) develop their own awareness of cultural and linguistic factors affecting the communication of persons from different cultures, (b) assume an advocacy role for the particular needs of their clients, and (c) foster research in areas of cultural and linguistic diversity and communication sciences and disorders. Moreover, universities must provide specific information and training. The professional associations and colleges, for their part, must address multicultural and multilingual issues by making them a part of their educational and accreditation process. Finally, the workplace should recognise and promote the multicultural and multilingual nature of professional work in speech-language pathology and audiology.
Since population changes are ongoing and dynamic, and professional competencies in multicultural and multilingual contexts are expected to develop, professional practices must be updated regularly.
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Please note that this paper was originally published when SAC was called the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA).