Applying the World Report on Disability to children's communication

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McLeod, Sharynne, McAllister, Lindy, McCormack, Jane and Harrison, Linda J.. (2014). Applying the World Report on Disability to children's communication. Disability and Rehabilitation. 36(18), pp. 1518 - 1528. https://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2013.833305
AuthorsMcLeod, Sharynne, McAllister, Lindy, McCormack, Jane and Harrison, Linda J.
Abstract

Purpose: The World Report on Disability is an important milestone in the recognition of people with disabilities; however, the Report acknowledges that people with communication difficulties may be underrepresented in estimates of disability. Consequently, this article applies the nine recommendations from the World Report on Disability to supporting children’s communication skills. Method: Australia is similar to most Minority World countries since it places high regard on articulate and literate communication. Recent large-scale Australian studies of children with speech, language and communication needs were reviewed to determine prevalence, impact and associated environmental and personal factors. Studies of met and unmet need were reviewed and discussed in relation to legislation and policies. Results: Recent years have seen improvements in the collection of and access to disability data about children’s communication, including the involvement of children in research about the impact of communication difficulties on their lives. The prevalence of speech and language impairment in children is high and is associated with poorer educational and social outcomes at school-age. Significant unmet need for services was noted, and there were differences in health, education and disability policies regarding access to services. Conclusions: Updated legislation, policies and practices are needed to more effectively support access to services to support children’s communication across health, education and disability sectors.

Keywordscommunication; disability; ICF; ICF-CY; language; speech; World Health Organization; World Report on Disability
Year2014
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Journal citation36 (18), pp. 1518 - 1528
PublisherInforma Healthcare
ISSN0963-8288
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2013.833305
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84907048398
Page range1518 - 1528
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Grant IDARC/FT0990588
ARC/DP0773978
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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