MP supports help for adults with communication problems

January 5, 2010 11:32 AM

HowarthPlans to launch a national organisation to help adults with communication problems, has been welcomed by Cambridge MP David Howarth.

The Adult Communication Coalition England aims to ensure all adults get the speech, language and communication support, equipment and services they need.

It has been formed with members from 20 organisations including the Stroke Association and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Mr Howarth has signed a Commons' Early Day Motion which welcomes the formation of the coalition and recognises the fact that at least 1.5 million people in England have speech, language and communication needs.

It calls on the government to undertake an urgent audit to assess the current state of services for adults with communication problems and the barriers they face in getting help.

"Without support these people are being denied the opportunities to live independently and fulfill their potential," said Mr Howarth. "They can suffer from depression, isolation and can become dependent on welfare.

"At present, the needs of adults with communication difficulties are given low priority nationally; this has to change.

"The Adult Communication Coalition brings together experts in this field and I hope this will prove a turning point in offering much-needed help to these people."

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