Supporting People with Communication Needs: Embedding Inclusive Communication in Your Practice

This event will consider the principles of inclusive communication and the practical actions required to ensure that people with communication support needs are effectively supported by services and included in society. 

Meeting Scotland’s communications needs

Having a communication difficulty can result in individuals being misunderstood and experiencing exclusion from events, activities and relationships. This can lead to a range of problems including increased vulnerability to abuse and hate crime, low mood, anxiety and depression, reduced employment and housing opportunities and a lower standard of care.

It is estimated that over a million people in Scotland have some form of communication support need. Inclusive communication means sharing information in a way that everybody can understand. It can save both time and resources for service providers and the people who use these services, as well as improve outcomes for both people with communication support needs and the wider community. 

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Inclusive communication: what is it and why does it matter?
  • Taking a personalised, multisensory approach to communication
  • Assessing how well we are meeting people’s communication needs
  • Communication between partners: working together to give people a say
  • Enabling participation: consultation, environment, education and technology

Who should attend

This event is for anyone working with those with communication needs or developing inclusive spaces where those with communication needs can have their say in issues that affect them, such as speech and language therapists, access and inclusion workers, social workers, teachers, carers and healthcare professionals amongst others.

 

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Opening remarks from the chair

Session 1: The Communication Challenge

In this opening session we will reflect on the lived experiences of those with communication needs and what we can do to help them overcome the barriers they face and empower them to be engaged in society.​

10:05 What is inclusive communication and what does it mean in practice?

Kim Hartley Kean, Head, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists Scotland

10:25 The inclusive communication hub

Morven Brooks, Chief Executive Officer, Disability Equality Scotland

10:45 Partners in communication

Dr Paul Hart, Head of Research and Practice, Sense Scotland

11:05 Questions and discussion

11:20 Refreshments and networking

Session 2: Interactive session: getting your practice right for people with communication needs

11:40 Interactive session 

In this session you will:

  • Learn about the links between inclusive communication, the Equality Act 2010 and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.
  • Discover the barriers and enablers for people with communication difficulties engaging with your services through interactive exercises
  • Explore creative and affordable approaches which will make your service more accessible and help you meet your statutory duties

Tina Yu, Policy Officer, Sense Scotland

The session will be co-delivered with people with communication needs

13:00 Lunch and networking

Session 3: Enabling Participation Through Communication Support

In this final session we will share good practice examples where individuals have been empowered through inclusive communication to be an active part of Scottish Society.

13:45 Accessible hospitals for people with communication needs

Jake Cowan, Assistant Manager, Learning Disability Service, Borders General Hospital

Alan Lawson, Learning Disability Liaison Nurse, Borders General Hospital

14:05 Creating inclusive public spaces

14:25 Enabling participation amongst Scotland’s young people

Gillian McNeill, Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning)

14:45 More than pictures

Lois Cameron, Co-director, Talking Mats 

15:05 Questions and discussion

15:25 Closing remarks from the chair

15:30 Close of event

*Subject to change


Venue

Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course. 

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
26 June 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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