Sign our 2009 Petition for Hand-held Picture Menus - focus for 'Speak About Aphasia Month'
'Speak About Aphasia Month', Speakability's annual Aphasia awareness campaign, runs throughout the month of June.
Throughout this campaign, Speakability and its network of support groups hold fundraising events to create better understanding of Aphasia in the community. Aphasia does not affect intelligence – so it is incredibly frustrating both for the person with Aphasia and for their relatives and carers. Imagine yourself knowing what you want to say but not being able to find the words to say it.
This year, we are taking a lead from members of our Dundee Tayside 'Speakeasy' Self-Help Group, who have been trying to persuade their local coffee shops to provide hand-held picture menus for customers. We are supporting this campaign at a national level to encourage both large café chains and independent coffee shops to provide illustrated menus, so that people with communication problems can be confident about placing their order without relying on another person to do it for them. This simple solution will benefit both the potential customer and the shop owner!
It seems a small request, but the absence of a hand-held picture menu in a café can make it impossible for a person with Aphasia to treat a friend to a coffee, and therefore undermines their self-esteem once again.
We hope you will support our 2009 campaign by signing our petition for the provision of illustrated/photo hand-held menus in cafés. Please follow the link below to our online petition to make your voice count.