The Civic Participation Network project
2007-2011 aimed to remove barriers to active citizenship for people with communication support needs.
It was Communication Forum Scotland's
first major project and was funded by the Scottish Government.
We have made lots of progress in partnership with government, public and voluntary organisations. But more action is needed. We celebrated this on March 10, 2011 at "No More Mr Nice Guy: we just want to be equal".
The work will be continued in various ways. The Inclusive Communication Communication in Scotland project, also funded by Scottish Government, is a another step forward, see
We have produced 4 case studies into the costs and benefits of adopting inclusive communication:
Civic Participation Network Reference Group
Scottish Disability Equality Forum and Lochaber Access Panel
Inverclyde Council Adult Protection Services
Young Scot All In Project
You can read the case studies in two ways. Online or by downloading a Word or PDF version for reading or printing.
Project aims 2007-2011
To increase the involvement of people with communication disabilities in consultation activities, service development and decision-making.
To promote inclusive communication to service providers and decision-makers.
To extend communication accessible training for active citizenship.
To share ideas and expertise in putting communication support into practice .
To increase the involvement of
people with communication disabilities in consultation
activities, service development and decision-making.
‘We have to be patient when the assumption is made, “Can’t speak... must be deaf” or “Can’t speak... must be stupid”.’
Click here to hear more from Clifford
‘If you just give notes out at a meeting, it’s a nightmare trying to read them and work out what you are supposed to be doing and saying. It would be helpful if there was something sent out to you beforehand.’
Click here to hear more from Lindsay
‘Stop using jargonised words in the meeting so people with learning disabilities could understand what they’re saying.‘
Click here to hear more from Thomas
promote inclusive communication to service providers
This is based on the 6 Communication Support Principles which form the foundation of Talk for Scotland: a practical
toolkit for engaging with people with communication support
Connor An update was completed in December 2009.
The toolkit was developed and launched in May 2008 with the active
involvement of people with diverse communication support
Promotion includes presentations and workshops to service providers in the public and voluntary sectors.
Here are a couple of examples which illustrate different ways of reporting on an event.
Conference report (PowerPoint)
We have developed an inclusive communication policy for our own activities based on the 6 Principles.
policy (MS Word)
policy (Adobe PDF)
extend communication accessible training for active
Visit our training pages.
. To share ideas and expertise in putting
communication support into practice
B S L summary of the Civic Participation
Direct download of BSL introduction to the Civic Participation Network (mp4 format)