In Speech Pathology Week 2014 we are building a “Nation for Communication”.
Every day more than 1.1 million Australians have difficulty communicating. Speech pathologists are aiming to make Australia a ‘Nation for Communication’ by increasing the understanding of communication disorders and how they impact people’s lives. Sadly many people with a communication disorder suffer in silence; many of us take communication for granted.
Communication disorders don’t just affect the young. At least 30 per cent of people post-stroke suffer aphasia (a loss of language), while 85 per cent of those with Parkinson’s disease have voice, speech, and/or swallowing difficulties.