Sign the Universal Declaration of Communication Rights

    Signing the Universal Declaration of Communication Rights is an easy but important way of helping bring attention to people with communication disorders and the professional care that can help them.


    Communication is the most fundamental of human capacities. People need to be able to communicate to fulfill their social, educational, emotional and vocational potential. Barriers to communication impair an individual’s ability to

    relate to and interact with others;
    learn, share and apply knowledge;
    achieve and maintain good physical and mental health;
    participate appropriately and safely in purposeful occupations and/or leisure activities; and
    have fair access to the justice system and other public services.
    The opportunity to communicate is a basic human right. Everybody has the potential to communicate.

    We, the undersigned, hereby commit to ensuring that people who have communication disorders receive appropriate support. We also commit to ensuring that communication disability receives deserving and appropriate attention and action from all relevant bodies and systems including

    legislators and policymakers;
    funding bodies and insurers;
    medical, health, education, disability, aged and community sectors;
    consumer and advocacy groups;
    social care, justice and public services; and
    the media.

    We recognise that the ability to communicate is a basic human right.
    We recognise that everyone has the potential to communicate.
    By putting our names to this declaration, we give our support to the millions of people around the world who have communication disorders that prevent them from experiencing fulfilling lives and participating equally and fully in their communities.
    We believe that people with communication disabilities should have access to the support they need to realise their full potential.

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) | Orthophonie et Audiologie Canada (OAC)
    Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists
    New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association
    Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
    Speech Pathology Australia

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