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Trust signals support for ACCE

Eleanor Barker, Vice Chairman, represented the Trust in June 2009 at the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Speech and Language Difficulties, which saw the launch of an initiative called theAdult Communication Coalition (England) (ACCE). Previously chaired by John Bercow until he became Speaker of the House of Commons, it aims to build on the Bercow Review and to campaign to have a similar outcome for adults as the Bercow review is having for children. The ACCE is a coalition of charities, many of which are campaigning on acquired speech and language difficulties in adults (caused by disease, ageing or trauma), and only a few on innate conditions such as stammering. In the short term, ACCE is pressing for a Government audit of services for adults with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), and looking for evidence of their needs that can become the basis for commissioning of future services. The Trust will support the campaign and share findings of its research to assist in the development of future policy through this group.

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