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Scotland can lead the way on inclusive communication, a charity campaign has said.

The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), Inclusion Scotland and Camphill Scotland are leading a campaign that calls for Scotland to become the Inclusive Communication Nation.

The campaign aims to ensure Scotland becomes the first country to remove the persistent and universal barriers to equality and human rights that exclusive communication creates.

The campaign received a boost this month when the Scottish Parliament supported changes to the new Consumer (Scotland) Bill.


The two amendments – put forward by Ruth Maguire MSP – require the new consumer agency for Scotland, Consumer Scotland, to use inclusive communication in its provision of advice to, and advocacy on behalf of, consumers. The charities say this will benefit large numbers of vulnerable consumers who have communication difficulties.

Kim Hartley Kean, head of the RCSLT in Scotland, said: “As the second piece of law in Scotland to require a major public agency to implement best inclusive communication practice (the other being Social Security Scotland) this represents one step further to making Scotland possibly the first Inclusive Communication Nation.

“The need to Covid proof our world makes inclusive communication even more important. Understanding information and being able to express needs has literally become a matter of life and death.

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