Learning disability communication event comes to Cornwall
A set of events aimed at making life easier for people with a learning disability will be launched in Cornwall next week.
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be holding several events between Tuesday and Friday next week to teach business how to communicate effectively with people who have a learning disability or a communication difficulty.
Companies who attend the course will receive a tool kit which will include information about how to sign key words, the use of pictorial resources and how to produce easy to read information.
Those who take part in the training will also be permitted to display a Communications Charter logo in their buildings.
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There are approximately 2, 000 people in Cornwall with a learning disability and it is estimated that between 50 and 90 per cent of those will have problems communicating.
Celia Todd, head of speech and language therapy at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Communication is a basic right for all individuals. The Communication Charter and the associated training programme will help local businesses and organisations increase their communication with a diverse range of people.
“Once they have completed the training, staff will have learnt a range of new communication skills and should feel more confident about their ability to communicate with people who have a learning disability or have other communication difficulties.
“The more organisations we can encourage to sign up to the charter will increase the social inclusion of people with communication difficulties.”
The four day event will cumulate next Friday when people with a learning disability will meet on Lemon Quay in Truro at 11.30 am to sing and sign Happy Talk and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
After performing, the singers will visit one of the communication friendly cafes in the Hall For Cornwall and Try Dowr.
The four day event will also include a comedy performance from Lee Ridley, who is believed to be the first stand-up comedian who uses a communication aid, and a communication technology fair at the Atlantic Reach Resort near Newquay on Tuesday.
The charter has been developed by people with a learning disability and a range of organisations including Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT), Cornwall Council and the Brandon Trust.