VIDEO: Hundreds gathered to sing and sign in Truro
Over 100 people with learning disabilities performed songs in Truro today to mark the launch of a new business charter.
The group sang and signed the songs Happy Talk and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life to a large audience of shoppers, carers and interested onlookers in Lemon Quay.
The performance signified the end of a week of events for people with learning difficulties and launched the new Communication Charter programme.
The charter, which has been developed by a range of organisations including Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Cornwall Council the Brandon Trust, will provide training to help businesses communicate more effectively with people who have learning disabilities.
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Celia Todd, the head of speech and language therapy at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “the week has been brilliant – on Wednesday we had people with learning difficulties teaching 36 local businesses as part of the Communication Charter.
There are approximately 2, 000 people in Cornwall with a learning disability and its estimated that between 50 and 90% of these will have problems communicating.
“Communication is a basic right for all individuals. The more organisations we can encourage to sign up to the charter will increase the social inclusion of people with communication difficulties,” Mrs Todd added.
After finishing their performance to rapturous applause, the group went for hot drinks at the Hall For Cornwall and the Try Dowe Wetherspoon’s, two of the first members of the Communication Charter.
Training sessions for the Communication Charter are expected to happen every three months from January 2014.
Any businesses who wish to get involved in the charter should email email@example.com