Review the range of groups and individuals whose communication needs must be addressed in your job role.
Most people take for granted the ability to communicate. However the ability to communicate is always provisional and can depend on both the environment and context of a situation, our skills and abilities and the skills and abilities of the person we are trying to communicate with. Speech, language and communication difficulties can erode self-esteem; affect educational achievement, social integration and general behaviour. It is important to address communication difficulties and offer support so that individuals can express themselves effectively. Individuals have the right to communicate using their preferred method. In my job role as relief manager it is my responsibility to ensure that this is the case, and young people are given the support to do so. Communication is a recognised as an essential human need, and therefore a basic human right. Communication rights are those rights that enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication in order to improve their lives. Without communication an individual would be unable to exercise their basic human rights. (Human Rights Act 1998.)
In my job role as part of the management team for a residential children’s home, I work with a number of young people who experience communication difficulties. Below are some of the groups of people I work with and the type of communication needs they may require: Physical disabilities
In the children’s home in which I work, we have not yet accommodated a young person with physical disabilities, however, it is a possibility. The majority of people with physical disabilities experience some sort of communication difficulties. Damage to the central nervous system, associated with physical disabilities, may interfere with the ability to