Connecting Across International Borders Without a Passport
by Judith Maginnis Kuster - Mankato State University
An international community is forming on the internet, as professionals
and consumers in many countries work to build websites and add
information. Exploring International sites can yield valuable materials
and connections for ASHA members.
Many of these websites are in English. For those that aren't, the Alta
Vista search engine provides a rapid translation between English and
German, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. You can
enter either plain text or the address (URL) of a webpage to translate.
Don't expect a perfect translation, but you can usually understand
what the information is about.
Some sites are homepages of international organizations, such as these:
Here are more international sites focused on research in the speech and hearing sciences:
Several individual speech-language pathologists from other countries
have developed information-rich sites, typically in their own language.
The internet can help you locate other professional colleagues
practicing outside the United States. ASHA certified speech-language
pathologists and audiologists living in non-US cities can be found by
opening the ASHA membership directory
- World Health Organization has AIDS
information, the International Classification of Impairments,
Disabilities, and Handicaps, a global database on child growth,
information on helping teens quit smoking, and on deafness.
- International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics
works to benefit persons with
speech, language, voice, swallowing, and hearing disorders, and
includes links to information about all the European education
programs related to communicative disorders.
- European Federation of Audiology Societies
contains abstracts from
poster sessions of the European Consensus Development Conference On Neonatal Hearing Screening
- British Society of Audiology contains a sample newsletter information about conferences and related links.
- The European League of Stuttering Associations has put online their newsletter as well as selected articles, conference papers, and links to member organization
- The International Phonetics Association includes downloadable phonetic fonts, a monthly newsletter, and recordings of sounds of the
- SOBRAPAR - Brazilian Society for Research and Care on Craniofacial Rehabilitation has a peer-reviewed online journal, a mailing list, a virtual hospital, and research information.
You might locate non-ASHA professionals
in other countries by contacting the websites of their national
organizations, such as Speech Pathology Australia, Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists and .Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists - United Kingdom
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Kuster, JM, Connecting Across International Borders, ASHA, Fall, 1998, p. 23