Our Mission is to Create Awareness, Educate. Train, Maintain and Advocate about and for Communication Disability.
Our Vision is that everyone with speech and language disability has the right to be heard and be understood in their daily lives. Everyone has the right to be respected and equal in communication.
Hear Me! is a training initiative for catering staff, to enhance their ability to interact with individuals with communication difficulties. This training will directly help catering staff to learn and apply strategies and tools to engage effectively with people with communication disabilities.
Communication impairments can have multiple causes: strokes, traumatic brain injuries, neurological illnesses (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease), stuttering and intellectual disabilities. Communication impairments can significantly impact on a person’s ability to interact and engage in society.
National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities (2016). Communication Bill of Rights.
http://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/NJC-Communication-Bill-Rights.pdf Anyone with a disability of any extent or severity has a basic right to communicate the conditions of their existence.
The special issue will be published in volume 20, issue 1 of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (February 2018) here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17549507.2018.1397748 . 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I am happy to discuss ideas with you. The official international celebrations will be held on 10th December 2018, so see if you can participate in official events in your own countries.