Afasic is a small national charity supporting parents and representing children and young people affected by the hidden disability of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Most children find it easy to learn to talk and understand language. For the 6% in the UK that don’t, Afasic is there to help.
Much of the school curriculum is dependent on spoken language, and literacy and numeracy skills can also be impacted by SLCN, which means that for these children and young people making the most of their education and going on to gain employment and live independently is a challenge.
In May 2012 Katja Hall from the CBI said “Leaving compulsory education without adequate spoken and communication skills is a serious blight on young people’s lives and a major handicap when they’re looking for work”.
How different would your life be if you found it hard to understand what people were saying to you, or struggled to find the right words?
It’s important that all children and young people with SLCN receive the right help at the right time and have expert support through every key stage of their education. For the last 50 years Afasic has provided a wide range of help and support for these families and we need your help to ensure we can continue to offer our services.
You can help Afasic continue to make a difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK. Whatever support you can give will be greatly appreciated; whether you can:
Please get in touch with Mark Thompson on 020 7490 9410 or email Mark for more information.