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A Right to Speak

On 12th June The Scottish Government published:

A Right to Speak: Supporting Individuals who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication

The report provides guidance to be used by people who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), their families, strategic and operational heads within health boards, local authority social work and education departments and the voluntary sector.

At its launch Kim Hartley,the Scotland Officer for the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists welcomed the report and the £4million pounds which Michael Mathieson, the Minister for Public Health, announced would be available to support the recommendations in the document.

We were also pleased to see that Talking Mats was referenced several times in the report as an example of good practice.

The report can be found at