Open day 2017 and the new Master of Accessible Communication

Open day 2017 and the new Master of Accessible Communication

Open day 2017 and the new Master of Accessible Communication

Loy Lising and Jan-Louis Kruger

The recent open day held on Saturday 19 August involved just about half of the staff in Linguistics. This event is an essential opportunity for showcasing our suite of undergraduate and postgraduate programs to prospective students. It also marked the start of the recruitment drive for the new Master of Accessible Communication, which will be launched in 2018.

The Master of Accessible Communication will be a unique program in Australia and will be at the forefront of programs in accessibility internationally. It was developed to meet the very real need for training and research in the facilitation of communication in complex settings. The program will train students to provide or optimise access to communication for any individual or group who is excluded fully or in part from a communication context. This could be for physical reasons (due to the loss of sight or hearing or conditions like aphasia or other language impairments), as a result of particular circumstances that compromise access to communication temporarily, for linguistic or cultural reasons (communicating across languages or cultures), or for other reasons.

This new program will start out as an interdisciplinary program across the areas of Translation and Interpreting, Applied Linguistics, Publishing and Editing in the department as well as Disability Studies. Over the coming years the program will be further refined to provide training in step with national and international needs. Loy Lising and Jan-Louis Kruger will convene the program.

Associate Professor Jan-Louis Kruger explaining the new Master of Accessible Communication to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Bruce Dowton

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