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International Communication Project 2014 (ICP2014)

The Opportunity to Communicate is a Basic Human Right. Communication is the most fundamental of human capacities. People need to be able to communicate to fulfill their social, educational, emotional and vocational potential. Everybody has the potential to communicate.

The ICP2014’s key messages are:

  • Communication is vital to life
    Communication disorders limit a person's ability to participate fully in family life, their community, education and the world of work.
  • Communication professionals make a critical difference
    Without access to key services, people with communication disorders are at a lifelong disadvantage.
  • Early intervention is key 
    Research shows that early identification and intervention programs create positive results over a lifetime for people with communication difficulties and society as a whole.

Communication disorders affect more than you think

Communication disorders limit a person's ability to participate fully in family life, their community, education and their profession.

The negative impacts of communication disorders are well documented and include a higher risk of literacy problems, lower academic achievement, low self esteem and mental health problems.

Studies have also shown that communication difficulties can lead to behavioural issues and an increased vulnerability to participation in criminal behaviour.

Communication disorders in Australia

1.1 million Australians have difficulty communicating right now

12% of children in Australian primary schools have a communication disorder – that’s at least thirty 30 children in an average school (of 250 students) and three children in an average class

Children with a language impairment are six times more likely to have a reading problem than children without

14% of 15 year olds have only basic literacy skills – that’s almost four students in each Year 10 classroom who can’t access their education

At least 30% of people post-stroke suffer loss of language (aphasia) – at least 15,000 people in Australia each year

85% of those with Parkinson’s disease have voice, speech and/or swallowing difficulties At least 13,000 Australians use electronic communication aids to get their message across

46% of young Australian offenders may have a language impairment

Three in every 1,000 newborns have hearing loss, which without intervention can affect their speech, language and literacy. Indigenous children have three times more hearing problems than non-Indigenous children.

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