Due to the efforts of many around the world, the International Communication Project (ICP) has come a long way since it launched in February 2014.
To date, thousands of signatories have expressed support for the Universal Declaration of Communication Rights; millions have learned about the ICP through project press releases, online events like Google Hangouts, and regional and local activities; and dozens of organizations around the globe have become recognized and engaged as participants.
Currently, the ICP is preparing to focus on global advocacy with the following goals:
- Increasing the understanding of communication disabilities amongst world health bodies and policymakers;
- Ensuring that future global health policy recognises and addresses communication disabilities and the vital issue of access to care;
- Strengthening advocacy that engages key individuals, organisations and events involved in world health policy;
- Increasing funding for local professional capacity building/training, especially in developing countries, to strengthen access to speech-language pathologists/therapists, audiologists and communication health providers.
Here are just some of the ways you can show your support for the ICP’s advocacy:
- Sign the Universal Declaration of Communication Rights, if you haven’t already, and encourage others to do the same.
- Promote and share information about the ICP at conferences and regional and local events. Send us photos of your activities!
- Invite organizations to email the ICP about joining the Project as a participating member.
- Submit your stories, information, and photos about communication health subjects for posting on the ICP website.
- Email us your ideas for engaging policymakers, legislators, and other influencers, and increasing access to communication health services around the world, based on your own experiences.
Please check the ICP website in the coming months for more updates.
Together, we can strengthen our global advocacy efforts and have communication recognised as a basic human right. Thank you very much for your interest in and continued support for the ICP. We look forward to hearing from you!