The West Hume Regional Communication Service has been offering Communication Expo’s to local services to introduce people living with communication difficulties to the many communication aids that are available. We have held one expo so far, with more scheduled for the second half of this year.
Our first expo was run in Shepparton. The expo encourages the person with communication difficulties to come along and explore a range of communication aids with their support team. There were opportunities to trial communication aids as well learn how to apply for these aids through the Non-Electronic Communication Aid Scheme.
There were people at the expo that had never used communication aids before despite having very significant communication difficulties. It was fantastic to see people excited by the prospect of using aids like communication books and community request cards to improve their independence within their local community.