Critical Perspectives on Social Justice in Speech-Language Pathology
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Critical Perspectives on Social Justice in Speech-Language Pathology

RaMonda Horton (Midwestern University, USA)
Pages: 300
ISBN13: 9781799871347|ISBN10: 1799871347|EISBN13: 9781799871361|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7134-7


Currently there is very little discussion of socially just approaches to speech-language pathology. It seems that within other fields of clinically oriented practice (social work, psychology, education, nursing) social justice is a topic that has received a great deal of attention within the last few years. Pedagogy for addressing social justice have been developed in other disciplines. However, within the field of communication disorders we have failed to move forward and do the same. Discussion of social justice is important given the current sociopolitical climate and landscape that our clients carry out their day to day functioning. The US’s discord on issues of racial and social justice has been a constant reminder of the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow in the US. This discord has been recently amplified in response to the murders of Breona Taylor and George Floyd and the current COVID 19 climate which has highlighted the growing educational and health disparities between Whites and BIPOC populations. Speech-language pathologist have an opportunity and perhaps even a calling to engage in practices that help address and alleviate some of the injustices that contribute to educational and health disparities experienced by our communities of color. They may do this through the development and application of a socially just orientation of culturally competent practice that fosters changes beyond the individual level. Adapting such a framework makes it possible for SLPs to effectively advocate for and foster equity and inclusion for the individuals and broader communities impacted by our services.

This book will be a unique contribution to the multicultural resources currently available in the field of speech-language pathology because it explicitly addresses the socio-political contexts of how the field of speech-language pathology and our service delivery can impact policy and debate related to the following areas: school to prison pipeline; disproportionality in special education, linguicism, disability rights and ableism, achievement and opportunity gaps; health disparities; health literacy; and LGBTQIA rights with a focus on voice, communication, and gender diverse populations. The field of speech-language pathology has failed miserably at discussing how systemic and structural barriers impact our discipline, practice, and those we serve. As such, we have very little understanding of how to use our profession and discipline to contribute to or develop efforts which can help address injustices faced by BIPOC communities.

This book is written for teachers, practitioners, students, and researchers who are interested in understanding how social position factors such as race, language, disability, gender, and sexuality create unique ecological contexts that reproduce inequities for traditionally marginalized groups in our society and why it is important to consider these factors and ecological contexts in how speech language pathologist deliver services, train and prepare students, and carry out research in communities of color.

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