I took part in a project that was funded by the Scottish Government. It was called the Inclusive Communication in Scotland Project (ICiS). The project was set up to help public bodies change their communication behaviour.
My role was to help raise awareness of how to communicate with someone who uses a voice output communication aid. I attended seminars across Scotland and I was one of a number of 'experts' whose job it was to help the delegates understand more about the range of communication support needs.
In meeting and talking with delegates, we found that there was a lot of work to be done across the public bodies in Scotland. As a result of the seminars and all the work that was done on the project, the project team developed six Communication Support Principles. A paper is now available on the Scottish Government website explaining all about these principles.
The project developed six Communication Support Principles. I believe they will be of huge benefit to people with communication support needs who need the help of public bodies in Scotland. By raising the awareness of staff to communicate better, I hope it will make my life and the lives of others easier.