Speech-language pathology hosts US Peace Corps Response Volunteer

The Department of Speech Language Pathology of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS), through its partnership with the Center for Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation, Inc. hosts a visiting lecturer for the whole months of April and May 2017 in the person of Mr. Jason Bergancia, MA SLP. He is in the country serving for 8 months as a United States (US) Peace Corps Response Volunteer. He has extensive experience as a licensed Speech Language Pathologist in the various work settings: special schools, hospitals and specialized nursing home facilities in the USA and in New Zealand.

On 5th of April 2017, together with the officials of Stepping Stone, CRS Assistant Dean, Assoc. Prof. Anne Marie C. Aseron and Asst. Prof. Ma. Georgina D. Mojica, MHPEd, Chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, represented the College to grace the Oath-taking and Turnover Ceremonies of Mr. Bergancia at the US Peace Corps Philippines Headquarters. Administering the oath was His Excellency Sung Kim, the US Ambassador to the Philippines.

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Mr. Bergancia’s role in the Center for Excellence in Special Education (Stepping Stone) Foundation Inc. is two-fold: (1) To assist the foundation in upgrading and developing further their special school services for children with disabilities and; (2) To assist in the supervision of UST SLP interns through the development of SLP services in schools. Stepping Stone is one of the clinical affiliation centers for Speech Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy (OT) interns of CRS.

While in UST, cognizant of Mr. Bergancia’s experience as a SLP in the special education setting, his role is to collaborate with the SLP Department towards developing an outcome-based internship program for SLP in school-based settings and to provide lectures in the areas of SLP in special education.

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