Delivering ‘A Right to Speak’ for Scotland: Update


Practice Report

    • Morag Ferguson (NES)


Scotland is working towards achieving the vision of becoming a country in which people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) are included as active members of a society that acknowledges and adapts to their needs. This follows the publication of a Scottish Government strategy called ‘A Right to Speak: Supporting Individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication’ and the commitment of £4 million across 2012–2015 to make it happen.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is a Special Health Board in NHS Scotland. NES was identified as a key partner to enable the delivery of the multi-agency recommendations made in the Scottish Government strategy.

This presentation will explain the development of ‘A Right to Speak’; describe Scotland’s vision for people who use AAC; and explain the role of NES in supporting the implementation of the strategy by providing an overview of the projects being supported by NES.

Level of Session


Age Group

All Ages


Primary school
Secondary school
Special school
Further/Higher Ed.