Inbox: Volunteer in Haiti I am an SLP in Port-au-Prince, working at one of Haiti's very few organizations for people with disabilities, "Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs" ("Our Little Brothers and Sisters"). I am working to improve the education of children in our school (they are not accepted in regular schools) ... Inbox
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The ASHA Leader, November 2013, Vol. 18, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.18112013.4
The ASHA Leader, November 2013, Vol. 18, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.18112013.4
I am an SLP in Port-au-Prince, working at one of Haiti's very few organizations for people with disabilities, "Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs" ("Our Little Brothers and Sisters"). I am working to improve the education of children in our school (they are not accepted in regular schools) and to set up a speech-language program.
In Haiti, people with disabilities are treated as pariahs and hidden away from sight, abandoned or locked/tied up within their homes. NPFS has a residential care facility for abandoned children and adults, two outpatient therapy centers, and a special needs school. I train teachers and two therapy assistants. The goal is to ensure sustainability of services, but it is difficult—most of our Haitian staff has limited education and none has background in the care, education or rehabilitation of people with disabilities.
Our most common disorders are cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, mental retardation, hydro- and microcephalus, and autism. Nearly all our children need speech-language intervention and most of the CP kids also need dysphagia therapy (feeding tubes are not an option). One outpatient center has a stroke rehabilitation program providing physical therapy and now speech.
All services are provided in Haitian Creole, the primary language of Haiti. We have created most materials and/or screening tools. We rely on donations and some small development grants. I encourage SLPs to donate their time (to help with some training) or materials they no longer need.
Kristine Cronin (kristinelcronin@gmail.com), Tabarre/Petionville, Haiti
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