Table of contents

Communication as a human right: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (view the complete issue)

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology

Guest Editor: Sharynne McLeod; Editor-in-chief: Kirrie Ballard


  1. Foreword: The importance of the human right to communication – Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission


  1. Review: Communication rights: Fundamental human rights for all – Sharynne McLeod

Communication rights of all people

  1. Invited Commentary: Protecting the human right to freedom of expression in international law – Emily Howie
  2. Invited Commentary: Communication as a human right: Citizenship, politics and the role of the speech-language pathologist – Declan Murphy, Rena Lyons, Clare Carroll, Mari Caulfield, and Grainne De Paor
  3. Invited Commentary: Just Sentences: Human rights to enable participation and equity for prisoners and all – Rosalie Martin
  4. Review: The fear of communicating fear versus the fear of terrorised legislation: A human rights violation or sign of our time? - Chika Anyanwu

Communication rights of people with communication disabilities

  1. Invited Commentary: The International Communication Project: Raising global awareness of communication as a human right – Gail Mulcair, Arlene A. Pietranton, and Cori Williams
  2. Commentary: From individual to global: Human rights and aphasia – Deborah Hersh
  3. Commentary: Human rights of refugee-survivors of sexual and gender-based violence with communication disability – Julie Marshall and Helen Barrett
  4. Original Research: Using Twitter to access the human right of communication for people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) – Bronwyn Hemsley, Stuart Palmer, Stephen Dann and Susan Balandin
  5. Commentary: Social participation for people with communication disability in coffee shops and restaurants is a human right – Clare Carroll, Nicole Guinan, Libby Kinneen, Denise Mulheir, Hannah Loughnane, Orla Joyce, Elaine Higgins, Emma Boyle, Margaret Malarney, and Rena Lyons
  6. Commentary: The Stakeholder Model of voice research: Acknowledging barriers to human rights of all stakeholders in a communicative exchange – Catherine Madill, Samantha Warhurst and Patricia McCabe
  7. Review: Beyond lip service: Towards human rights-driven guidelines for South African speech-language pathologists – Michelle Pascoe, Daleen Klop, Thandeka Mdlalo and Mikateko Ndhambi
  8. Original Research: Speech therapy in adolescents with Down syndrome: In pursuit of communication as a fundamental human right – Susan Rvachew and Marla Folden
  9. Commentary: Communication Capacity Research in the Majority World: Supporting the human right to communication specialist services – Suzanne C. Hopf*
  10. Original Research: Measurement accuracy: Enabling human rights for Fijian students with speech difficulties - Beth Sprunt and Manjula Marella
  11. Commentary: Rural and remote speech-language pathology service inequities: An Australian human rights dilemma – Debra M. Jones, Lindy McAllister, and David M. Lyle
  12. Commentary: The human right to communicate: A survey of available services in Saudi Arabia - Manal Khoja and Hadeel Shesha
  13. Original Research: Acoustic environments that support equally accessible oral higher education as a human right - Kirsten M. L. van den Heuij, Karin Neijenhuis, and Martine Coene
  14. Invited Commentary: Fostering human rights through TalkBank – Brian MacWhinney, Davida Fromm, Yvan Rose, and Nan Bernstein Ratner

Communication rights of children

  1. Review: Assuring children’s human right to freedom of opinion and expression in education - Jenna Gillett-Swan and Jonathon Sargeant
  2. Commentary: Advancing the human rights of children with communication needs in school – Aoife L. Gallagher, Hayley Tancredi, and Linda J. Graham
  3. Original Research: Can teacher-child relationships support human rights to freedom of opinion and expression, education, and participation? – Cen Wang, Linda J. Harrison, Sharynne McLeod, Sue Walker, and Jantine L. Spilt*
  4. Original Research: The human right to communicate and our need to listen: Learning from people with a history of childhood communication disorder – Jane McCormack, Elise Baker, and Kathryn Crowe
  5. Commentary: Upholding the human right of children in New Zealand experiencing communication difficulties to voice their needs and dreams - Sally Clendon and Elizabeth Doell

Communication rights relating to language and culture

  1. Commentary: Bilingualism, a human right in times of anxiety: Lessons from California - Gabriela Simon-Cereijido
  2. Invited Commentary: Mother tongue as a universal human right – Christine De Luca
  3. Commentary: Assessment of communication abilities in multilingual children: Language rights or human rights? – Madalena Cruz-Ferreira
  4. Commentary: Speech-language pathologists as determiners of the human right to diversity in communication for school children in the US - Audrey Michelle Farrugia-Bernard
  5. Review: The positioning of Aboriginal students and their languages within Australia’s education system: A human rights perspective - Leonard A. Freeman and Bea Staley
  6. Review: A human right to literacy education: Implications for serving Syrian refugee children - Mary C. Wofford and Sana Tibi

*Editorial review undertaken by Kirrie Ballard