May 5, 2004 —
OTTAWA, Wednesday, May 5 2004 – This week the University of Ottawa’s audiology and speech-language pathology program celebrates its 10th anniversary. The French-only program was created in 1993.
“The program was established to respond to the needs of Francophones in Eastern and Northern Ontario,” explained JoAnne Paradis, director of the University of Ottawa’s audiology and speech-language pathology program.
In 1990, Andrée Durieux-Smith, PhD (audiologist) and Elain Pressman, PhD (speech-language pathologist) presented a request to the Ontario government proposing the creation of a master’s program in the two disciplines. The proposal was accepted in 1992 and the program officially began in September 1993.
Since the program’s inception, 174 students have graduated and found jobs in their field. Many students even accepted jobs before formally graduating. Despite the high placement rate of graduates from the program, demand for professionals in the field of audiology and speech-language pathology remains strong.
The audiology and speech-language pathology management team will highlight the 10th anniversary of the program during the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, on Thursday, May 6, 2004. The conference will be held at the Crown Plaza, Ottawa.