ida institute partnerships

Ida welcomes new partners in the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Brazil

By Amanda Farah Cox

The Ida Institute is pleased to announce three newly-established partnerships with the University of Southampton, the Brazilian Speech-Language and Hearing Society, and the Danish Association of Speech-Language and Hearing Pathologists.

“We are proud to expand our global network with these three institutions representing very different national contexts for hearing healthcare,” says Ida Managing Director Lise Lotte Bundesen. “Their individual commitments to educational and professional development will broaden the reach of person-centered hearing care and Ida’s ability to support this mission worldwide.

University of Southampton

The mission of the Hearing and Balance Centre at the University of Southampton, UK, is to deliver outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate audiology education within a culture that promotes curiosity, creativity, questioning and compassion. The team consists of academics, clinicians, and researchers who are actively engaged in developing person-centered practice in audiology – and committed to putting the patient at the heart of their teaching.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Ida at such an exciting and challenging time for person-centered care education. It is a fantastic opportunity to share our ideas and to learn from other's expertise across the world. We are looking forward to developing new ways of teaching PCC to our future leaders in Audiology, instilling in them a belief that this approach should be the norm rather than the exception,” says Dr. Victoria Watson, Senior Teaching Fellow in Audiology at the University of Southampton.

The Danish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and Audiologists

The Danish Association of Speech and Language Therapists and Audiologists (Audiologopædisk Forening [ALF]) is the largest not-for-profit association of speech and language pathologists and audiologists in Denmark. The organization has several goals that all aim to foster excellence in professional practice and advocate for their members and those they serve. 

“ALF is really excited about our partnership with the Ida Institute as we have the same goals for promoting rehabilitation that is based on the whole person,” says ALF Deputy Chair Sahra Mengal. “We hope that this partnership will enable both organizations to promote and develop person-centered care in Denmark.”

The Brazilian Speech-Language and Hearing Society

The Brazilian Speech-Language and Hearing Society (Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia [SBFa]) consists of groups of professionals interested in stimulating, debating, and disseminating the scientific and professional production in the field of audiology, as well as discussing issues related to training in speech therapy, audiology, and balance. It has the support of an Administrative Council and research groups that recognize the importance of the collective work and mobilization of students and professionals in the scientific construction of the audiological profession.

“In the coming years, our scientific society will work on a major project called ‘Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences 4.0,’ whose work axes involve technology, communication, and humanization,” says SBFa President Leonardo Wanderley Lopes. “Our expectation for the partnership with the Ida Institute is to disseminate the knowledge of the patient-centered approach to other areas of habilitation and rehabilitation in SLP, in addition to adapting the tools of this approach in different fields of activity of the SLP in Brazil. Certainly, the principles advocated by Ida will contribute substantially to the humanization axis of our management project over the next three years.”

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