Scotland is working towards achieving the vision of becoming a country in which people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) are included as active members of a society that acknowledges and adapts to their needs. This follows the publication of a Scottish Government strategy called 'A Right to Speak: Supporting Individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication' and the commitment of £4 million across 2012–2015 to make it happen.
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is a Special Health Board in NHS Scotland. NES was identified as a key partner to enable the delivery of the multi-agency recommendations made in the Scottish Government strategy.
This presentation will explain the development of 'A Right to Speak'; describe Scotland's vision for people who use AAC; and explain the role of NES in supporting the implementation of the strategy by providing an overview of the projects being supported by NES.