International Communication Project

The International Communication Project is built on the premise that communication is vital to participation in life; but is largely ignored as a disability. The World Health Organization’s World Report on Disability estimates that roughly one billion people around the world are living with some form of disability; however, even the authors of the report acknowledge that people with communication disabilities may not be included in this estimate, despite encountering significant difficulties in their daily lives.

The International Communication Project aims to bring international attention to the importance of communication and people with communication disorders. The initiative involves more than a dozen organizations, entities, and international bodies worldwide. The International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP), of which NZSTA is one of the founding associations of [*], is an ICP participating organisation.

ICP say “The more people who get involved in the International Communication Project, the greater its impact will be! Please help spread the message in your community, your nation and through your social media contacts across the globe.

The New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association is one of the founding associations of the International Communication Project launched in 2014.  In 2015, the International Communication Project (ICP) moved from a year long project to a global movement aiming for sustainable, widespread impact.

The ICP has three work streams: the strategic group, the working party and the research stream. In the strategic group, the NZSTA is represented by the President and Communications portfolios. We have representation on the Working group from the EC and Dean Sutherland has supported the Research working group. The ICP strategic group aim to have face to face meetings biannually and the last meeting was in November 2017 as part of the ASHA convention.

An update on the ICP’s vision and recent activities is summarised in a paper published in the Special Issue of the International Journal of Speech Language Pathology, authored by Gail Mulcair, Speech Pathology Australia, Arlene A. Pietranton, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Cori Williams, Speech Pathology Australia.  The title of this paper is, ‘The International Communication Project: Raising Global Awareness of Communication as a Human Right’. The theme of this Special Issue is ‘Communication is a Human Right – Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’.  The abstract to the paper submitted by the ICP is available in Appendix 1 and your own free copy to the Special Issue of this journal is available here

In Aotearoa, ICP activities continue into 2017 and 2018 and are linked to our national advocacy campaign – Giving Voice Aotearoa.  For more information on international activities under the ICP please visit:


For your information we have attached a variety of ICP resources and ways to get involved below.

Be part of the global communication project, consent form: This is an easy to understand consent form about our project. Tell us about your communication problem and how this makes life hard. We would like to share it with others and make everyone aware about communication problems.

Alternatively you could fill in and send us this consent form.

Sign the pledgeThe Universal Declaration of Communication Rights – to subscribe to the ICP newsletter

Visit the ICP website for more information