I am not alone. This was in the Vancouver Sun today:
VANCOUVER -- A boost in funding means there
will be 13 additional spaces for speech and language therapists at the
University of B.C.
The ministry of health, which has
identified speech-language pathologists as one of its priorities to address
shortages of health professionals, will provide a total of $3.4 million in
startup and ongoing operating funding to add student spaces in the speech-language
pathology program at UBC. The funding will allow UBC to add 13 first-year
speech-language pathology spaces - seven starting in 2015-16, and another six
in 2016-17 - for a total of 36 first-year spaces.
The speech-language pathology program at UBC
trains speech and language therapists, who help identify, assess and treat
communications disorders in areas such as speech, language, voice, stuttering
and swallowing disorders.
They also consult with other health-care
professionals and support workers, school personnel, families and caregivers,
as well as autism intervention teams.
An estimated one in 10 people in British
Columbia have a speech or language disorder. One in 68 Canadian children has
autism and all experience a speech-language difficulty.
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