In July we wrote about the Communication Access Group in Bendigo.
In the first half of 2018, These four young women got ready to work for more communication access in their town.
The group is supported by the Southern Loddon Mallee Regional Communication Service and Distinctive Options.
The Regional Communication Service has continued to attend the group each month. The trained Communication Coordinator in Distinctive Options has continued with the group.
The group has steadily built skills. It is now easy for group members to identify items on picture communication displays and use them to communicate their opinions and wishes. (Through using the communication aids, some members of the group are saying some more words and recognising more symbols and printed words.)
In August, the group contributed to a video. It showed people from all over Victoria using communication aids. The video was for Speech Pathology Week, which had the theme “Communication access is communication for all”. Group members showed community request cards and a communication board in the video.
In September, the group consulted on communication aids being developed by the local water authority. They were paid for this work by Coliban Water.
The Group also prepared to acknowledge good communication access at a local small business. They used a communication board to identify the good things the business does so that everyone can communicate.
The Group is now well on its way and contributing to communication access in Bendigo!