Educating Children in the Developing World


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“What does it mean to build capacity?  For Professor Catherine J. Crowley and the participants of the 2013 Professional Development Retreat in Ghana it means working together to exchange knowledge and create the resources teachers need in special and general education.

“Sixty Ghanaian teachers from unit and general education schools, along with a group of speech language pathology graduate students from Columbia University, explored word walls, social stories and a variety of other materials and strategies in the 3-day-long retreat focusing on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and other practical ideas and classroom materials .

“This year’s retreat emphasized materials – calendars, schedules, and AAC tools – that the group happily spent hours creating.  Each year the Professional Development Retreat in Ghana expands in scope and practicality, the skills and materials attained there will no doubt continue to enhance the lives of many Ghanaian children. The Central Coast Children’s Foundation was once again delighted to provide support for this groundbreaking effort to build capacity in special needs schools in resource-poor countries.”


Ghana – A Day at the Effiduasi Unit School for Children with Disabilities:



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