Understanding adults with communication disorders in Ghana: Accessing rehabilitation and support systems

Emmanuel Kofi Opoku, Maxwell Peprah Opoku, Lilian Frimpomaa, William Nketsia, Mprah Kwadwo Wisdom, Yaw Akoto, Mohammed Safi

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Communication is pivotal to our societal experiences; therefore, the onset of a communication disorder will negatively affect an individual's social capabilities. However, in sub-Saharan African countries, there is limited public discourse on the development of individuals with communication disorders. From the perspective of critical disability theory, there have been few opportunities for adults with communication disorders to share stories about their experiences and their developmental progress. A semi-structured interview guide was designed to collect data from 23 adults with communication disorders recruited from 10 communities in three districts in a region in Ghana. The findings are thematized under the following criteria: diagnosis and rehabilitation, familial support and impact on development. The study concludes with an invitation to policymakers to prioritize the rehabilitation needs of individuals with communication disorders and a discussion on additional study implications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number116231
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023


  • Communication
  • Communication disorder
  • Emotional regulation
  • Ghana
  • Negative attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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