Another step towards becoming an Inclusive Communication nationType: News
Topic: Disability rights | Policy and legislation
Published on: 29th May 2020
An Inclusive Communication (Scotland) Bill, which would require public bodies in Scotland to have regard to using inclusive communication, is the next goal for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT), Inclusion Scotland and Camphill Scotland. Ruth Maguire MSP, who has been working closely with the three organisations said:
The need for inclusive communications has never been more important. People need accessible information and accessible ways of communicating, whatever way they find easiest to communicate.
Inclusive communication benefits everybody, because no one has ever complained that a public service was too easy to understand or made it too easy for them to get their point across.
Overarching legislation to meet everyone’s communication needs is required to ensure best practice across the board. Introducing a specific bill on this, as suggested by the Royal College of speech and Language Therapists, Inclusion Scotland and Camphill Scotland, will ensure Scotland becomes the first country to remove universal barriers to equality and human rights that exclusive communication creates.
The (RCSLT), Inclusion Scotland and Camphill Scotland with Ruth Maguire MSP’s support have already been successful in securing changes to Social Security legislation and to Consumer legislation, to ensure that the needs of people with communication difficulties are met.
Changes were also made by the Scottish Parliament to the recent Coronavirus legislation, in response to an Amendment from Mark Griffin MSP about the use of inclusive communication.
Our Director, Neil Henery said:
Camphill Scotland and our partners warmly welcome the support of Ruth Maguire MSP, and of MSPs from other parties, to promote the use of inclusive communication.
This has resulted in significant changes to the social security legislation, to the consumer legislation and to the Covid legislation, which will help to improve outcomes for the large number of people in Scotland with communication difficulties.
We look forward to working with Ruth Maguire MSP, with the Scottish Government and with the Scottish Parliament to introduce legislation that will require all public bodies in Scotland to use inclusive communication.
Inclusive Communication Nation
The changes made so far to legislation in Scotland are important steps towards making Scotland an inclusive communication nation. The three organisations now aim to see the introduction of an Inclusive Communication Bill, and to make Scotland an Inclusive Communication Nation.
Kim Hartley Kean, Head of the RCSLT in Scotland, said:
Making Scotland an Inclusive Communication Nation would put this country on the map for equality and human rights.
This would be a fantastic achievement for everyone who has been involved in bringing Scotland to this point – but more importantly it would transform the lives of people who miss out on so many opportunities and public services simply because they are unable or find it really hard to receive or understand information or to be understood by service providers.