I CAN has signed the International Communication Project 2014 pledge – have you?

Today, Kamini Gadhok from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists  and Anne Fox from the Communication Trust have been zooming around London in a shiny black cab.

No, this dynamic pair aren’t setting out to emulate the Spice Girls’ act at the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Instead they are signing people up to the International Communication Pledge.

I CAN is a supporting organisation of the International Communication Project 2014 (ICP 2014), being led in the UK by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

The project aims to highlight the importance of human communication – and show how communication disabilities severely impact every aspect of life. The ICP 2014 is built on the premise that communication is vital to participation in life; but is largely ignored as a disability.

The project goals for the year are:

  • To raise the profile and status of communication disabilities with international health bodies and policy makers.
  • To increase public awareness of communication disabilities and the severe impact they have on people’s lives.
  • To encourage people around the world to join together and make a difference in the lives of people living with a communication disability.

Of course I have signed the Pledge. We at I CAN know that communication is the key life skill and that communication needs impact on every aspect of a child or young person’s life.

If you agree, I would like to ask you to visit the ICP 2014 website and sign the pledge as an individual. You can also help to spread the word on social media by liking ICP 2014 on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ICP2014) or following ICP 2014 on Twitter (@ICP2014) and using the hashtag #ICP2014.