Professor Sandra Levey of Speech-Language-and Hearing Sciences has been appointed as a member of the Multilingual Affairs Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP). The Association represents professionals and scientists who work in the field of communication sciences and with individuals experiencing voice, speech, language, hearing, and swallowing difficulties.
Prof. Levey was appointed in recognition of her research, publications, and conference presentations that address multilingualism. These publications include two books, along with research and journal publications that focus on the role of bilingual and multilingual language development. Her appointment was also based on her role in the international exchange of ideas, through invited presentations in Italy, Malta, and Slovakia.
At present, the IALP has over 400 individual members from 54 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America, and Europe. The IALP and its members create, share, and distribute information on and about disorders in multinational forums. Multinational committees provide up-to-date guidelines for clinical practice that can be used in any country. As a member of this committee, Prof. Levey will contribute to the goals of IALP and the Multilingual Affairs Committee in her role as a speech-language pathologist and linguist.
The IALP provides a multinational platform that advances knowledge in human communication disorders worldwide. It plays a pivotal role for international networking through its Congresses, Composia, and active participation with WHO and nationally based organizations interested in global communication sciences and disorders. In the organization’s consultative status with the World Health Organization of the United Nations, the IALP contributes to its discussions in planning to better serve underserved populations.