6th World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness
Riddel Hall, Queen's University Belfast

16-19 September 2014
Pathways to Rights

Professor Dr. Cathy Chovaz

Professor Dr. Cathy Chovaz is associated professor in the Department of Psychology at King's Western University Ontario. She was awarded recently for her excellent research by Western University Autism Centre. Dr. Chovaz is Canada’s first Deaf clinical psychologist and teaches courses in clinical psychology, focusing her area of expertise on mental health and deafness. Dr Chovaz also maintains a consultation private practice. Prof. Dr. Cathy Chovaz is presenting in American Sign Language.

Plenary title & abstract

The right to language and implications for mental health

Every Deaf, oral deaf and deafened child has a right to an accessible language.   This fundamental right is time-sensitive reflecting critical periods of brain development.  The acquisition of language may not be adequately promoted or assessed amidst the complexity of language and educational decisions during the early years in addition to parenting challenges.  This talk will explore the critical importance of an early accessible language and the significant implications for the child’s mental health.

                                                The limits of my language means the limits of my world. Ludwig Wittgenstein

Organising Committee

Brian Symington, MBE. President.

Dr. Ines Sleeboom-van Raaij.  Co-President/ESMHD President.

Dr. Margaret du Feu,  OBE. Chair of Scientific Committee.

Renata Sarmento. Manager.

Scientific Committee

Dr. Margaret du Feu, Ireland, Chair
Dr. Ines Sleeboom-van Raaij, The Netherlands
Dr. María Gascón-Ramos, UK
Dr. Tiejo van Gent, The Netherlands
Dr. Johannes Fellinger, Austria
Dr. Otilia Rodrigues, Australia
Ana García García, Spain
Dr. Cathy Chovaz, Canadá
Dr. Benito Estrada, México
Dr. Lauri Rush, USA
Dr. Robert Pollard, USA
Professor Marleen Jansen, The Netherlands
Dr. Maria Cecilia Moura, Brazil
Dr. Katherine Rogers, UK
Dr. Joanna Kobosko, Poland

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