The need for Inclusive Communication is not just a ‘nice idea’. Both the basic principles and the resources that we use are rooted in the evidence base from speech and language therapy and other health services.
If you would like to find out more about what inclusive communication is and why it is important, we recommend taking a look at the following Guidance Documents:
- Position Paper: Inclusive Communication and the role of Speech and language Therapy (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists) https://www.rcslt.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/20162209_InclusiveComms_final.pdf
- Accessible Information Standard (NHS England) https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/accessibleinfo/
- Five Good Communication Standards (RCSLT) https://www.rcslt.org/wp-content/uploads/media/Project/RCSLT/good-comm-standards.pdf
- Five Good Communication Standards: Easy Read (RCSLT) https://www.rcslt.org/wp-content/uploads/media/Project/RCSLT/5-good-comms-standards-easy-read.pdf
- Principles of Inclusive Communication (Scottish Government) http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2011/09/14082209/5
There are so many excellent articles out there, it would take us a long time to list them all. Here are a few references upon which our practice is based, just to get you started.
- Lewer, A; Harding, C (2013) ‘From “what do you do?” to “a leap of faith”: developing more effective indirect intervention for adults with learning disabilities’, Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 18 Issue: 2, pp.74-83, https://doi.org/10.1108/13595471311315092
- Lewer, A; Harding, C (2013) ‘Communication is the key: improving outcomes for people with learning disabilities’, Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 18 Issue: 3, pp.132-140, https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-01-2013-0001
- Matthews, A & Stansfield J (2014) ‘Supporting communication for parents with intellectual impairments: communication facilitation in social work led parenting meetings.’ British Journal of Learning Disabilities, Vol.42 Issue 3, pp.244-250 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/bld.12058/full
- Abbott, S & McConkey, R (2006) ‘The barriers to social inclusion as perceived by people with Intellectual Disabilities’, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, Vol.10; pp.275 – 287, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1744629506067618?journalCode=jldc
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