The International Communication Project

Launched in 2014, the International Communication Project (ICP) advocates for people with communication disabilities, as well as their families; caregivers, and communication professionals. The ICP highlights the importance of human communication, and how communication disabilities significantly impact every aspect of life.

The ICP is built on the premise that communication is vital to life; yet is largely ignored as a disability. The World Health Organization’s World Report on Disability estimates that roughly one billion people around the world are living with some form of disability.

However, the authors of this report acknowledge that people with communication disabilities may not be included in this estimate, despite the fact that they encounter significant difficulties in their daily lives.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is a founding member of the ICP.

Current Activities of the ICP

  • With support from colleagues from ASHA, RCSLT provides briefing notes to the International Association of Logopedists & Phoniatrists (IALP) – the global body for the profession - to support their engagement with the World Health Organisation (WHO.)
  • RCSLT is now in correspondence with the WHO regional office in Europe
  • Through a consortium of NGOs, RCSLT made a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) Committee, ahead of the 2017 reporting period. RCSLT then made a separate submission to the committee ahead of the General Discussion for equality and non-discrimination under Art 5 of the Convention
  • Speech Pathology Australia contributed to a submission to the Committee from Disabled People’s Organisations Australia and also made a submission to the UN Human Rights High Commission under Art 19 of the convention
  • The ICP Evidence and Policy group are finalising a narrative for communication disability to compliment the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with the RCSLT playing a key role in its development
  • The ICP is also taking steps to engage international service user groups
  • The ICP communications working group is also working together for international campaigns including a regular newsletter and social media collaborations, for example around World Hearing Day

For further information, please visit the ICP website.

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