Help with communication

Many people with intellectual disabilities need support in the area of communication. They often require help to explain a complex issue in simple language or to translate a difficult text into easy-to-read. Sometimes, their pronunciation may be so difficult to understand that a close person has to convey the content. And some people with intellectual disabilities may use non-verbal forms of communication (see also Non-conventional Communication). In addition, some people have multiple disabilities where an intellectual disability is combined with a hearing or visual impairment.

These different possibilities require a highly individualised support in this area.

The practices falling under the Help with communication category are:

Supported decision making – a Guide for Decision Makers and Support Persons

Summary The Supported Decision Making – Guide for Decision Makers and Support Persons (in Finnish Tuettu päätöksentekijöille ja tukihenkilöille) is a product of a project by Savas Foundation in Finland. The project was carried out from 2011-2015. The guidebook contains cards to help with communication and an easy to read text part. The cards can […]

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Health Passport

The Health passport is a document which contains information about appropriate means of communication, support needs and wishes. It has been created for health professionals to best communicate and make appropriate decisions about the care of people with disabilities and other special needs.

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