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Webinar – A Vision to Transform Canada’s Public Health System with Dr. Theresa Tam (disponible en anglais seulement)

The COVID-19 pandemic represents the biggest public health crisis that our country has confronted in a century. While our public health system and workforce extended itself to respond to COVID-19, public health was challenged in their capacity to address other important and public health issues. The pandemic has highlighted the strengths of our system but it has also exposed vulnerabilities. During this webinar, Dr. Theresa Tam discussed how we can join forces across communities and sectors to build the public health system that meets the needs of all people in Canada.

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Academy of Aphasia 60th Annual Meeting – Call for Papers – Deadline Extended (disponible en anglais seulement)

Academy of Aphasia 60th Annual Meeting
October 23-25, 2022
Philadelphia, PA, USA and Virtual/Hybrid
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDEDMAY 27th, 2022 (11:59pm latest time zone on Earth)

The 60th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel (“The Notary”) in Philadelphia, PA, USA. We encourage onsite attendance, although we also offer the option to participate online via an interactive hybrid platform. Our opening night reception will be at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), the USA’s first and oldest art museum and art school. The Academy welcomes submissions of original experimental, clinical, theoretical, and historical research from any field that contributes to the study of aphasia, including Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology, Neurology, Neuroscience, Linguistics, History, and Computational Modeling.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Dani S. Bassett (University of Pennsylvania). Dr. Bassett is the J. Peter Skirkanich Professor of Bioengineering, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Electrical & Systems Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, Neurology, and Psychiatry. Their research is best-known for blending neural and systems engineering to identify fundamental mechanisms of learning, cognition, and disease in human brain networks, including work in language and aphasia. Dr. Bassett has received multiple prestigious awards, including the American Psychological Association’s ‘Rising Star’ (2012), Alfred P Sloan Research Fellow (2014), MacArthur Fellow Genius Grant (2014), Early Academic Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (2015), Office of Naval Research Young Investigator (2015), National Science Foundation CAREER (2016), Popular Science Brilliant 10 (2016), Lagrange Prize in Complex Systems Science (2017), Erdos-Renyi Prize in Network Science (2018), OHBM Young Investigator Award (2020), AIMBE College of Fellows (2020), American Physical Society Fellow (2021), and has been named one of Web of Science’s most Highly Cited Researchers for 3 years running. Dr. Basset is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications with over 33,000 citations, as well as a forthcoming academic trade book (Curious Minds: The Power of Connection).

Now in its fifth year, the NIDCD-funded Academy of Aphasia conference grant (R13 DC017375-01) will sponsor student fellows to attend and present their work at the conference. They will also receive focused mentoring and training from seasoned faculty mentors at the meeting. Both U.S. and international students are eligible to apply – please contact Swathi Kiran ( with inquiries. The grant also sponsors a state-of-the-art New Frontiers in Aphasia Research seminar. This year’s topic will focus on Computational Linguistics, and the speaker will be Dr. John Hale of the University of Georgia (UGA). Dr. Hale is Arch Professor of World Languages and Cultures in the Department of Linguistics at UGA. His scientific research focuses on fundamental questions of language comprehension, investigated through cognitive modeling using computer simulations. Prior to joining UGA, Dr. Hale was a full-time research scientist at the pioneering artificial intelligence laboratory Deepmind.

Submission types and details

Presentation types:
The annual meeting includes both platform and poster sessions. Platform speakers will be required to attend onsite. All posters will be presented virtually; onsite attendees may additionally present in person.

Platform sessions (in person) include:

  • Scientific papers – consisting of original research that has not yet been published.
  • Symposia – consisting of a number of papers focusing on a common theme from researchers representing different laboratories. These papers may report on previously published research.
  • Mini-Workshops – methodologically oriented sessions consisting of a number of papers (possibly from the same research group) reporting a unique approach to a timely topic.

Poster sessions (online and/or in person) include:

  • Scientific papers that can be presented primarily in a visual format.

The Academy considers poster sessions to be as scientifically meritorious as platform sessions. Poster sessions will not conflict with platform sessions.

Guidelines for abstract content:
The submitted abstract should provide a concise statement of the problem or hypothesis, procedures and analyses conducted, results obtained, and final conclusion(s) drawn. Abstracts should conform to the provided template (in Word) and may include a maximum of 500 words (excluding references) as well as one camera-ready figure plus one table.

Symposia and Mini-Workshops:
In the case of symposia and mini-workshops, the organizer should submit an abstract summarizing the topic, including the names and affiliations of all the participants, and the titles of the other abstracts. In addition, an abstract should be submitted for each of the individual presentations. Abstracts for those individual presentations will need to indicate the symposium they are affiliated with as part of the submissions process, in the Acknowledgments. To help in the planning of the program, it is recommended that organizers of symposia and mini-workshops contact the chair of the Program Committee by e-mail ( about their plans, and to receive feedback on organizational issues.

Authorship of submissions: 
More than one abstract may be submitted by an individual, but an individual can be listed as first author on only one submission. Both members and non-members of the Academy are encouraged to submit proposals for scientific papers, symposia and mini-workshops. All submissions will be given equal consideration on the basis of their scientific merit and fitness for the Academy.

Conference participation:
The meeting is open to anyone interested in attending. However, Academy of Aphasia members, authors of accepted papers, and the first authors of rejected papers will have preference if onsite or virtual space limitations restrict the number of registrants.

  • American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available free of charge for eligible conference participants, pending approval of a cooperative agreement between Temple University and the Academy of Aphasia. The number of CEUs is anticipated to be approximately 2.0 (CEUs will be updated once the program is finalized, prior to registration).
  • Onsite childcare can be arranged for attendees who need it through our NIH funding support.

Submission procedures: 
Abstracts must be submitted online at Submission information is also available on the Academy’s website 

Student Awards: 
This award is given to the student presenting the most scientifically meritorious paper (either platform or poster presentation). Submissions are judged by the Program Committee on the basis of the abstract submission and the conference presentation itself. All full-time graduate students are eligible for the student award, although priority is typically given to students focusing on research. Student applicants must:

  • be enrolled full-time and be in good standing in a graduate program at the time of submission
  • be the first author and presenter of the paper submitted
  • not have received a student award from the Academy in the past

Students wishing to be considered must indicate this during the submission process.

Selection criteria for the meeting program:
Abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Selection of papers will be based on scientific merit, innovation, appropriateness for the Academy of Aphasia, and on the representation of topics in the program.

Notification regarding acceptance:
The Program Committee will email a decision no later than July 18, 2022. 

Program availability: 
PDF eBook with formatted abstracts will be available during the conference.   

Program Committee:
E. Susan Duncan (Chair), Paola Marangolo (Co-Vice Chair), Gloria Olness (Co-Vice Chair), Adrià Rofes, Tatiana Schnur, Shari Baum, Eva Kehayia, and Gabriele Miceli


Outil pour les professionnels canadiens de la réadaptation et de l’exercice qui s’occupent de clients qui ont la COVID longue

Les collaborateurs du comité consultatif interdisciplinaire sur la COVID longue ont publié un outil intitulé Réadaptation pour les clients vivant avec l’affection Post COVID-19 (COVID longue) : guide destiné aux professionnels canadiens de la réadaptation et de l’exercice.

Ce document évolutif a pour but de regrouper les ressources nécessaires à la prise de décisions cliniques éclairées. La COVID longue est un problème de santé émergent pour lequel on continue de récolter des données probantes sur l’application sécuritaire d’exercices.

Cet outil est conçu à l’intention des professionnels de la santé vers qui on oriente des clients pour qu’ils bénéficient de soins de réadaptation ou d’exercices afin de gérer les symptômes de la COVID longue.

Accéder à l’outil.

Si vous avez des questions au sujet de ce guide ou si vous souhaitez partager d’autres ressources avec ce groupe afin de faire évoluer le document, veuillez écrire à l’adresse suivante :

Événement virtuel de reconnaissance d’OAC

De quoi il s’agit :

Chaque année, le Programme des prix d’Orthophonie et Audiologie Canada (OAC) permet de reconnaître des membres et des associés qui ont contribué de façon importante à l’association, à la communauté et aux professions de l’orthophonie et de l’audiologie.

Cet événement virtuel de reconnaissance permettra de rendre hommage aux lauréats du Programme des prix d’OAC 2020-2021 et d’annoncer un important changement apporté cette année.

Visitez cette page Web pour accéder à la liste des gagnants 2020-21.

Raison d’être :

Cette année en particulier, étant donné les occasions limitées de se rencontrer en personne en raison de COVID-19, OAC a tenu à organiser cet événement virtuel pour rendre honneur aux lauréats de façon significative et en présence de leurs pairs. Chez OAC, tout le monde reconnaît l’immense contribution des membres et associés à leurs professions et à leurs communautés, c’est la raison pour laquelle nous tenons à célébrer leur dévouement et leur détermination.

Il est devenu prioritaire pour OAC de tenir un tel événement afin de reconnaître adéquatement les formidables contributions que ses membres et associés ne cessent de fournir. Nous tenions à organiser un événement spécialement pour reconnaître nos lauréats comme ils le méritent vraiment.

Nous annoncerons aussi un important changement apporté au Programme des prix de 2021-2022.

Pour y visionner :

L’événement de reconnaissance virtuelle du SAC est maintenant passée. Visionnez l’enregistrement vidéo ci-dessous.

* Veuillez prendre note que l’événement sera principalement en anglais.

Proposez une candidature pour les prix de 2021-2022

Connaissez-vous une personne méritante parmi vos collègues, vos pairs, vos confrères et consœurs de travail ou mentors qui va au-delà de ses responsabilités régulières pour contribuer à sa profession, sa communauté ou OAC? Posez sa candidature dans le cadre du Programme des prix d’OAC 2021-2022!


Faire une nomination pour le Programme de prix et de reconnaissance d’OAC

Les professions de l’orthophonie et de l’audiologie ne cessent de se développer et d’évoluer, ce qui serait impossible sans le travail inlassable des orthophonistes, des audiologistes et des aides en santé de la communication.

Orthophonie et Audiologie Canada (OAC) reconnaît l’immense contribution de ses membres et associés à leurs professions et leurs communautés, c’est pourquoi nous tenons à célébrer leur dévouement et leur détermination.

OAC a besoin de votre aide pour reconnaître des personnes qui ont contribué de façon exceptionnelle aux professions de l’orthophonie et de l’audiologie. Connaissez-vous une personne méritante parmi vos collègues ou vos confrères et consœurs de travail qui va au-delà de ses responsabilités régulières afin de contribuer à sa profession?

Proposez sa candidature à un prix d’OAC!
La date limite de mise en candidature est le 30 novembre 2021.

Vous voulez en savoir plus sur l’orthophonie? Un aperçu de la profession d’orthophonie

Deux étudiantes de l’Université McMaster ont élaboré un guide de ressources à l’intention des étudiants qui sert d’introduction à la profession d’orthophoniste pour les étudiants du secondaire, les jeunes et les futurs orthophonistes.

Rédigé et conçu par Evonne Syed et Imad Ali, en consultation avec leur professeur et membre d’OAC, Dr Lyn Turkstra, le guide vise à inspirer des générations d’orthophonistes à venir.
Le guide répond à des questions telles que :

  • Qu’est-ce qu’un orthophoniste?
  • Que font-ils? Qui aident-ils?
  • Combien d’argent puis-je m’attendre à gagner?
  • Cette carrière me convient-elle?
  • … et plus encore!

Accédez le lien ici

Rapport sur les impacts de la COVID-19 sur l’accessibilité des communications pour les adultes malentendants (en anglais)

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.

Lancement du dépistage H.E.A.R.I.N.G. : considérations pour les recommandations (en anglais)


The first ever World Report on Hearing was launched in 2021, as a technical guide outlining the  ongoing shifts  in the global epidemiology  of hearing loss, capturing available solutions and  current challenges for  ear and hearing care and also establishing priorities to be addressed. It highlights the link between addressing hearing loss and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The rational for hearing screening across the life course is well outlined in the report. The report shows that increasing hearing screening and early intervention coverage during the next 10 years requires an additional annual per capita investment of US$ 1.33. The resulting health gain during the 10-year period would avert nearly 130 million DALYs (disability adjusted life years), benefit 1.4 billion people and yield a return of nearly US$ 16 for each 1 dollar invested.

The World Report on Hearing recommends that World Health Organization (WHO) Member States take urgent and evidence-based policy action to prevent, identify and rehabilitate hearing loss.

To render technical support to the  Member  States  in implementing the recommendation of the world report into, WHO has developed the HEARING screening: considerations for implementation. This handbook provides technical guidance required for establishing evidence-based programmes for hearing screening facilitating early identification and interventions to address hearing loss and related ear diseases in target groups.
The purpose of the handbook is to provide guidance on how to undertake:

  • Hearing screening in newborns and infants
  • School-based ear and hearing screening
  • Hearing screening in older people

Series of Webinars

The WHO invites you to a series of webinar on the HEARING screening: considerations for implementation.

October 6, 2021

Focus on HEARING SCREENING: considerations for implementation guidance on the hearing screening for newborn babies.

Where: via Zoom

To Register:


October 27, 2021

Focus on HEARING SCREENING: considerations for implementation guidance on the hearing screening for school children.

Where: via Zoom

To Register:


November 17, 2021

Focus on HEARING SCREENING: considerations for implementation guidance on the hearing screening for older people.

Where: via Zoom

To Register:



Les récipiendaires des bourses de recherche clinique d’OAC 2021

Les récipiendaires des bourses de recherche clinique d’OAC 2021 sont Rina Dulku et Shannon Kerr!

Rina Dulku

L’humilité et la sécurité culturelles dans les services d’intervention précoce à l’intention des enfants sourds ou malentendants et leurs familles : le point de vue des parents et des professionnels

L’intervention précoce permet d’atténuer efficacement les troubles de la communication et autres retards chez les enfants sourds ou malentendants, mais comment les familles qui ne s’identifient pas à la culture dominante peuvent-elles accéder à ces services qui peuvent avoir un effet significatif? Cette étude se penchera sur le point de vue de familles et de professionnels à propos de ce qui fait obstacle et de ce qui facilite les pratiques sécuritaires sur le plan culturel.

Shannon Kerr

Résultats relatifs à la déglutition après avoir suivi le McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program en ayant recours à un mélange de séances en personne et de séances virtuelles

Cette étude a pour but de déterminer s’il est possible de fournir le McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program (MDTP) en ayant recours à une combinaison de séances de traitement de la déglutition offertes en personne et par le biais de la télésanté. Le MDTP s’avère un programme de traitement de la déglutition basé sur des exercices intensifs à l’intention des adultes qui souffrent de dysphagie. Ce programme repose sur l’utilisation d’une classification de la consistance des aliments afin d’offrir diverses résistances.


Joignez le Conseil consultatif national sur l’apprentissage et la garde des jeunes enfants

Le gouvernement du Canada investit dans l’apprentissage et la garde des jeunes enfants (AGJE) afin d’aider les enfants à avoir le meilleur départ possible dans la vie et une chance juste de réussir. Pour soutenir cet engagement, le gouvernement du Canada met en place le Conseil consultatif national sur l’AGJE.

Le Conseil consultatif national fournira des conseils d’experts et un forum de consultation au ministre de la Famille, des Enfants et du Développement social et à la ministre des Femmes et de l’Égalité des genres sur les enjeux et les défis auxquels fait face le secteur de l’AGJE au Canada. Le Conseil consultatif national sur l’AGJE servira de forum pour échanger de l’information et tenir des discussions. Ses membres apporteront un large éventail de points de vue et conseilleront les ministres sur les enjeux et défis liées à l’AGJE.

Dans l’exercice de son mandat, le Conseil fournira des conseils d’experts tiers au ministre de la Famille, des Enfants et du Développement social et à la ministre des Femmes et de l’Égalité des genres sur les questions suivantes :

  • la pandémie de COVID-19, la réouverture et la relance dans le secteur de l’AGJE;
  • la promotion de l’échange d’information entre les administrations;
  • l’élaboration de normes de pratique dans le secteur;
  • la mise en place d’un système d’AGJE à l’échelle du Canada.

Appel de candidatures : devenez membre du Conseil

Ouvert du 04 août au 28 septembre 2021. Ils cherchent des personnes ayant des connaissances et de l’expérience en matière d’AGJE dans divers domaines.


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