Communication specialist Dr Julie Marshall heads to Parliament

julie-marshallSpeech and language therapy Dr Julie Marshall is informing the Government’s strategy on how to tackled the obstacles faced by disabled people across the world.

Julie (pictured left), from the Department of Health Professions, delivered a keynote speech at a Parliamentary event to celebrate the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

She joined Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for International Development, who outlined the Government’s plan to help disabled people in the UK and abroad, as well as Ola Alu-Alghaib, from Leonard Cheshire International and Anthony Ford-Shubrook, the Youth Ambassador for AbleChildAfrica .

Julie is already a leader in advancing services for people with communication disability, in Low and Middle Income Countries and has worked to support service development initiatives in several countries, including Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana and Uganda

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on December 3 around the world.

This event was an opportunity to talk about what the UK is doing around disability and development through the Department for International Development (DfID).

Julie spoke about communication disability and how it can impact people’s lives.

She said: “Having a communication disability can affect many aspects of a person’s life. For children, it can impact their ability to learn to read and write and in fact almost all aspects of learning at school – there is little that children do at school that does not involve a teacher instructing or explaining to children.

“Communication disability can impact on their ability to make friends and on their behaviour and their mental health and they may suffer neglect. It also impacts on the child’s family, often economically and socially.”

DfID led the way in disability inclusive development when it launched its first Disability Framework on 3rd December 2014 with a commitment to review it annually. The updated Framework was launched on 3rd December 2015, with a decision to review it in December 2018, to allow more time for the implementation and review processes.