- See also Communication J-Z.
Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young adults with communication impairments working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers. Afasic is a membership organisation providing a telephone helpline, conferences, publications and support through local groups.
20 Bowling Green Lane
Tel: 0845 355 5577 (helpline - Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 2.30pm)
Fax: 020 7251 2834
Promotes the development and training of lipspeakers and offers them support. Also publishes information for agencies and employers, the legal profession, and users of lipspeakers. 'ALS News' is produced twice a year.
Encourage good practice in interpreting profession. Represent members on external organisations. Provide mentoring and Continuing Professional Development, training, networking and support for individual members.
Association of Sign Language Interpreters
Milton Keynes Business Centre
Tel: 0871 474 0522
Text: 1800 10871 474 0522
Fax: 01908 325 259
Professional body for speech and language therapists working independently. All members are registered and qualified therapists. Online database of members.
Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice
Tel: 01494 488 306
This communication system contains symbols that are constructed from a number of basic shapes called elements. Blissymbols are particularly suitable for use by cognitively intact individuals, eg with cerebral palsy.
A national charity that provides information, advice, courses and learning materials on Cued Speech. Cued Speech gives an exact visual representation of spoken language, which allows deaf children to develop their inner language and improve literacy and lipreading. It clarifies the ambiguous lip-shapes of normal speech with eight hand shapes in positions near the mouth.
DeafSign.com is a publisher of British Sign Language resource materials. It is a free information service website which is approved by the National Grid for Learning. The website includes a schools' section, games, fingerspelling keyboard, regularly updated news, notice board and guest book with personal replies and online resource ordering.
I CAN is the charity that helps children with speech and language difficulties across the UK. I CAN provides a combination of specialist therapy and education for children, information for parents, and training and advice for teachers and other professionals. The charity aims to ensure that the needs of children with speech and language difficulties are recognised, understood and met, giving them the same opportunities in life as other children.
8 Wakley St
Tel: 0845 225 4071 or 020 7843 2510
Fax: 0845 225 4072