Helping to create communication accessible communities

White text font on blue background saying; Communication Access, everyone gets the message. Speech Pathology Week 2017The Independent Living Centre WA would like to wish everyone a happy Speech Pathology Week for 2017! This year’s theme is ‘Communication access: Everyone gets the message!’

Communication access is about creating a world where people with complex communication needs can communicate successfully with everyone, a world where everyone gets the message!

Speech Pathology Australia estimates 1.1 million Australians have a communication disability – and that, over the course of their life, one in seven Australians will experience a communication difficulty. Imagine a world without wheelchair ramps, elevators or ACROD parking bays. The importance of planning for mobility access is commonly accepted in our communities. Communication difficulties may sometimes be hard to see but ensuring our community is communication accessible is just as important.

Communication is a two way street which means we can all play a part in facilitating communication accessibility. This could be as simple as allowing time for someone to respond, checking you’ve understood them correctly or using writing, gestures or symbols to help get your message across. To find out some more tips for successful communication visit the Speech Pathology Australia website by following this link.

This Speech Pathology Week consider how you might build awareness of different communication needs or try some of these strategies in your workplaces, homes or broader communities.

Young man at standing at a cafe counter with an ILC Speech Pathologist at his side and he is handing money to the cashier

One of the aims of ILC’s Speech Pathology services is to build greater awareness and understanding of complex communication needs as well as the communication aids and strategies that can support effective communication. People with complex communication needs may communicate using a variety of methods including electronic speech devices, word-based or picture-based communication boards or books, sign and gesture, spelling, and speech. ILC has a wide range of assistive technology options for communication on display and are able to provide information and advice about suitable options as well as offering assessment, training, therapy support and equipment available for hire.

Would you or someone you know benefit from finding out more about these communication options? You can contact one of our Speech Pathologists when you call us on 9381 0600 or email us at

Let’s all work towards communication accessibility to ensure everyone gets the message!

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