A range of partners are looking for your help to identify a communications access symbol for the UK.
In June 2016, a symposium was held to bring together representatives from a wide range of organisations and professions to discuss launching a communication access symbol for the UK.
Discussions have included international partners and work with other sectors such as visual and hearing impairment. Since then, the Stroke Association, Communication Matters, and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists have been working with others as part of a steering group to move this initiative forward.
The aim is to have a recognisable symbol to award to a business or service. If they display the symbol it means that staff have received training as to how to support people with communication difficulties and are meeting minimum standards. The survey to guide the decision as to what symbol will be chosen is now online.
The partners have made efforts to make it as accessible as possible but recognise that some people may need additional support to help them complete it. People are encouraged to use whatever method is appropriate such as supported conversation, symbol support or a ‘Talking Mats’ framework. The organisers would like to have a significant percentage of responses from people who have communication difficulties.
The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 28 April.