In August 2012 political decisions at the highest state level resulted in the loss of our Earthspeak master trainer speech therapist in the regional cleft palate center in Portoviejo, Ecuador. This situation placed the entire program at risk.
An administrative visit was quickly made by Earthspeak U.S., and following discussions with partners and principals, the position was reinstated by the Department of Education.
To further stabilize our programs in Ecuador and prevent a similar threat in the future, Earthspeak has begun to develop cleft palate courses of study with two major Ecuadorian universities. This will provide training in cleft palate team care for future generations of Ecuadorian speech therapists and special education teachers.