We need to talk...
With some creativity, there are many ways people who have difficulty using their voice to communicate can be involved in presentations or give their own talk.
These resources were developed with the Merger of Minds peer group of adults who all have complex communication needs and use a communication book or iPad to communicate. They explore some of the ways each of those adults found a way to write and present their own talk.
To watch the talks which the Merger of Minds peer group members wrote, click on the page link below.
For some people, the process of writing and practising the first talk may take some months - remember there is no rush.
It’s ok to keep working towards it and taking opportunities to practice with family, friends and any groups which the person may already be part of.
The idea of giving a talk in front of a group of people is confronting for most of us and so its important that people with complex communication needs don’t feel pressure to perform before they are ready and that they can choose not to present if they don’t want to or that they can pre-record their talk so that there are fewer expectations of them on the day.
For more detailed information please read the report below first - "Supporting people with Complex Communication Needs to be public speakers".