Accessibility
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Accessibility is the philosophy and practice of providing products, services, opportunities and information that is readily usable by all members of a society, no matter their abilities or circumstances. Most commonly known examples of accessibility in society is building ramps for individuals with mobility difficulties. 

In addition to making society accessible for individuals with physical disabilities, we need to improve accessibility for those people who have difficulties communicating – speaking, understanding, reading and writing.

How can accessibility be improved for people with communication disorders?

Speech- language pathologists can suggest several ways accessibility can be improved for individuals with communication disorders. Some examples include:

 

  • Training staff in communication facilitation techniques
  • Including simple pictures in public signage
  • Purchasing books/binders of pictures organized by topic that help staff explain what they mean and help improve communication access
  • Providing picture communication boards/books with dry erase boards and markers at bedside and for home use
  • Providing interpreters for assessments
  • Purchasing phones with an amplification option built in
  • and much more...