Updated: Sep 23, 2004
The SPEAK CLEAR ASSOCIATION OF CAMEROON (SCAC)
Several members of the SPEAK CLEAR ASSOCIATION OF CAMEROON (SCAC) are
presently taking part in an important genetic research project aimed at
finding out what role genes plays in transmitting stuttering.
PROJECTS UNDER EXECUTION
Identification of stuttering children schools in certain localities of Cameroon so as to know their number and see what can be done to help them This we do in collaboration with the competent government services of the Ministry of national Education here. We hope in future to organize a holiday camp for stuttering children and their parents and a series of seminars for teachers of stuttering children. We have not here that most of these teachers do not have the needed skill in dealing with stuttering children. The oral exams has been introduced in the First School Leaving Examination that is done aftzer a pupil mus have completed 7 years of primary Education in Cameroon and the officials of the Ministry of Education as well as the teachers have done to sensitize on how to handle children with stuttering.
Identification of families where more than 2 members stutter so as to link them up to researchers interested in the genetics of stuttering During the online conference, Dr. Denis Drayna of the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorder in Marryland anwered by question on the hereditary nature of stuttering in my family and has been collaborating with me to carry out a research project in our family to know the genetics of stuttering. He has sent us tape recorder to me and I have recorded the speech of some family members of mine and will send to him. He will also collect from us 2 spoonful of blood sample from my family members to use for this study. We have identified several families here where several members stutterers and we are ready to link them up to other scientists interested in the study of the genetics of stuttering.
Collection of books, video tapes and other materials for our library and information center, so that our members and the general public interested can learn many things on stuttering Now we have a six books in our library and SCAC members come and borrow them and read so as to understand certain things concerning stuttering.
Creation of a magazine or journal for our association called SCAC INFO( in both English and French the official languages of Cameroon) which will carry several articles and information on stutttering that can go to all corners of Cameroon. We also want our activities to be covered all over several media houses here to make the public to know about us and stuttering.
Collaborate with interested persons and organizations to organize seminars, workshops and training sessions for our members we have already contacted the starfish project in the UK, the mcguire program in the same country and we are waiting to hear from them concerning our request for them to run a seminar on the ways of controlling stuttering here or help train one of us to come back and teach the other members here. We have contacted the Netherlands stuttering Association and they will publish our letter in their Magazine and call for therapists who can volunteer to come here ad run seminars for us. Our letter has been published in the magazine of the stuttering association of Denmark FSD in their November and December issues of the said magazine. It is our hope that the general public there can understand our plea and help us. Since we lack the necessary know how and financial resources, we are calling on people both in and out of Cameroon to help us and it is our hope that they shall help us.
Creation of SCACís wards in many localities in Cameroon - a task that is not easy as Cameroon is vast and we lack the means to carry out this We use local churches and socio cultural groups to achieve this aim.
Acquisition of working equipment for our offices. We still donot have working equipment like computers, telephones, fax, photocopy machine and others and we are looking up for persons or associations that can help us to acquire these equipment. The pastor of one local church here has accepted and given us a hall in his mission for our meetings. Equally he has given us a second hand type writer machine that we use in our office to type mail for our local use.
These as some of the projects that we intend to carry out this year and may be the coming years.
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