Total Communication Event Gives Voice

25/09/2012

Total Communication’ event highlights how to improve communication and create communication friendly environments for adults with learning disabilities.

Total Communication’ event highlights how to improve communication and create communication friendly environments for adults with learning disabilities.

Over 400 people recently attended a specialist ‘Total Communication’ event in Knockbracken Hall to highlight how to improve communication and create communication friendly environments for adults with learning disabilities.

The event was organised by the Speech and Language Therapy team and the Trust’s Good Information Group and was an opportunity for staff, carers and service users to provide expert advice, share best practice and demonstrate resources.

Angela Crocker, event co-ordinator and speech and language therapist with the Belfast Trust, said: “The expertise that was provided today will instil confidence and practical knowhow. Many staff, carers and people with a learning disability will now have ideas and some of the skills to help improve communication and remove barriers faced by people who have communication difficulties.

Attendees were also treated to a host of excellent entertainment from the very best of our local learning disability talent including, Sky’s the limit, Muckamore signing choir, Skyways and circus skills by Orchardville TRC.
About Total Communication

Total Communication ensures that all forms of verbal and non-verbal communication are recognised, valued and actively promoted. Some people might need you to read their body language; others might use photographs, objects or signing such as Makaton to communicate.
Giving Voice Campaign

The event won a Giving Voice award from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) which funded an information booklet for the attendees.
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) Giving Voice campaign is designed to help give ‘voice’ to people with speech, language and communication difficulties by improving their communication abilities and addressing swallowing, eating and drinking difficulties.

Over 100 adults with learning disabilities entered the Giving Voice speech bubble competition and their inspiring entries were on display at the event. Winners of the competition received their prizes from Trust Chairman, Pat McCartan, who said “people have displayed to us all how they best communicate and wish to be communicated with, and I think for an occasion like today that is a splendid thing to have done. Just look at the range of work and the industry that has gone into the entries.”