- Organization Name:Afasic
- Address:20 Bowling Green Lane
London EC1R 0BD
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Afasic is a small nationwide charity supporting children and young people, and their families, living with the hidden disability of a speech, language and communication impairment (SLCI).
Children with SLCI find it hard to express themselves, understand words, speak in sentences and understand simple instructions. Without help they face both social and economic exclusion and there is an increased risk of behavioural difficulties, depression, mental health issues and potential youth offending.
Awareness of SLCI is low but, across the UK, there are over one million children and young people (an average of two in every class) affected by this hidden disability. Verbal communication is a foundation life skill, just as important as reading or writing, and Afasic’s mission is to improve life chances and promote understanding, inclusion and equal opportunities.
For most children and young people learning to communicate comes easily. But for others it is a major challenge and living with the hidden disability of a speech and language impairment can have a devastating impact on a child’s life.
Much of the school curriculum depends on spoken language and children’s literacy and numerical skills can be impacted by SLCI. Children with SLCI have a poor record of achieving exam success and gaining employment and social interaction, particularly with peers, is difficult. They are at increased risk of bullying and social exclusion which can lead to behavioural difficulties, depression, mental health issues and potential youth offending.
Afasic's projects include Youth Groups and ‘Secondary Starter’ Transition Courses that work with youngsters to develop their communication and social skills, improve their confidence and self-esteem and reduce isolation by promoting links within their local communities.
The Parent Support Service provides a much needed lifeline to parents and helps them advocate for their child through every key stage of their development.
The focus of our Local Volunteer Network is to strengthen and expand our current team of dedicated volunteers to enable Afasic to have a real impact at a local level. Local campaigning is a primary factor in dramatically improved services for Dyslexia in recent years and we believe Afasic can give SLCI equal priority.
Afasic also provides expert information via our Publication Guides and website, organises nationwide events, conferences and workshops and actively lobbies government for better resources and specialist services.
2013 is Afasic’s 45th Anniversary and communication has changed a lot since 1968! With dramatic changes in technology and the fascination with social media there is an even greater emphasis on good communication, social and life skills.
Though we are a small specialist charity we have a big responsibility to ensure that all children and young people living with the challenge of SLCI receive the right help at the right time.
Over the last 45 years Afasic has helped thousands of families coping with this hidden disability. Afasic established the first in-service training course for teachers along with a post graduate distance learning course; organised activity weeks and ‘Secondary Starter’ transition courses and developed the first youth project model specifically designed for young people with SLCI. Our Parent Support Service is a lifeline for families struggling to access the right help and our training workshops and seminars are in demand from parents, teachers and speech and language professionals.
As we look ahead to the next 45 years our challenge is to continue developing innovative projects and services that help children and young people develop their skills; support parents; and make good use of advancing technology. The aim remains to enable children and young people living with SLCI to reach their potential and participate fully in society rather than be isolated from it.
- Year established:1968
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United Kingdom
Types of funding being sought (i.e. funding type)
- None specified
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- None specified