The International Communication Project (ICP) held an event in conjunction with a United Nations (UN) conference on disability at UN Headquarters in New York City.
Co-sponsored by the government of Australia, the event, “People With Communication Disabilities Speak Up For Inclusion and Participation,” had the following goals:
- Highlight the lack of visibility and recognition of communication disability;
- Exchange knowledge about needs and barriers faced by people with communication disability to access and exercise human rights in the context of Article 19 (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and Article 21 (Convention On the Rights Of Persons With Disabilities); and
- Formulate concrete proposals to strengthen effective transnational cooperation to promote participation in cultural life, recreation, and leisure of people with communication disability.
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 8:15 am – 9:30 am (Eastern Time in the U.S.)
Location: Conference Room 6 (CR 6), UN Headquarters, New York City.
- Moderator: Derek Munn, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
- Ms. Gail Mulcair, Chief Executive Officer, Speech Pathology Australia
- Ms. Sharynne McLeod, Professor at Charles Sturt University, Australia, and Editor, special issue of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (Communication is a Human Right: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
- Ms. Meredith Allan, President, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) and Augmentative Communication User
- Mr. Miles Forma, Disability Advocate and Augmentative Communication User, United States of America
- Ms. Julia McGeown, Global Inclusive Education Specialist, Humanity and Inclusion
Communication disabilities affect millions of lives across the world, yet they are too often ignored. This will only change with much greater recognition of communication disabilities and their impact— and by providing resources that empower those with communication disabilities to be fully included in societies, to fully enjoy their human rights, and to live their lives to the fullest.
- Support the ICP’s Universal Declaration of Communication Rights by signing the ICP Pledge.
- Subscribe to the ICP’s quarterly newsletter and help spread the word.
- Watch the ICP video celebrating the Universal Declaration of Communication Rights and share it with friends.
- Read the ICP’s publication “The Importance of Speech, Language and Communication to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A Summary of Evidence” [PDF] and understand the size of the challenge that the ICP faces.
- Event Invitation
- ICP Brochure [PDF]
- ICP Policy Paper Related To UN Sustainable Development Goals [PDF]
- ASHA Press Release [PDF]
- ICP Press Release [PDF]
More Side Event News
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), an ICP founding organization, was involved in two other side events. ASHA CEO Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE, presented at “Using Accessible and Assistive Technologies to Implement Article 24: Supporting Students with Disabilities for Inclusive Higher Education” [PDF], which was held 11:00 am – 12:45 pm, Monday, June 10, in Conference Room B (CR B); and at “Dementia: The Leading Cause of Disability,” which was held 9:45 am – 11:00 am, Thursday, June 13, in Conference Room 11 (CR 11).