IASLT Advocacy for People with Communication & Swallowing Difficulties

IASLT Advocacy for People with Communication & Swallowing Difficulties

The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists' vision is that everyone will have the right to live well, irrespective of communication or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.
IASLT lobbies on behalf of its members
IASLT lobbies on behalf of its members

Communication is the most fundamental of human capacities. The opportunity to communicate is recognised as a basic human right.  Everybody has the potential to communicate and must be supported in doing so in order to fulfil their social, educational, emotional and vocational potential. 

Communication takes many different forms.  Speech and language therapists support people with different  communication needs and their families to adapt so everyone can achieve their potential to communicate and be heard.

We are committed to playing our part in ensuring that the voice of people who have communication and swallowing needs is heard in our society.  We recognise especially the need to identify and remove barriers across society that prevent people who have a communication disorder or difference from living well, from accessing life opportunities and participating in their communities.  

We not only advocate for universal access to speech and language therapy services through our representations at national and global level, we also strive to dismantle these barriers by raising awareness and educating society to understand, include and embrace all those with communication and swallowing needs.

International Communication Project

IASLT is a member of the International Communication Project (ICP) which promotes communication as a human right.  Learn more about the ICP here.

The Health and Social Care Professions Alliance

The Health and Social Care Professions Alliance (HSCPA) is a grouping of the professional bodies of those professions regulated or due to be regulated by CORU. Current membership consists of professional body representatives of occupational therapists, orthoptists, optometrists, social care, social workers, speech and language therapists, radiographers & radiation therapists, dietitians, physiotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, chiropodists & podiatrists, clinical measurement physiologists, Audiologists, Clinical Biochemists, Play Therapists, Phlebotomists  and is growing.  Edel Dunphy, IASLT Chief Operations Officer represents IASLT on the HSCPA.

Below please find examples of our recent IASLT Position Papers, Guidelines and Pre-Budget Submissions

Recruitment embargo threatens Patients and Professions warns Health and Social Care Professions Alliance (HSCPA)


Joint statements from HSCP Professional Bodies

Read More About Statements issued by IASLT in partnership with other HSCP Professional Bodies

IASLT Position Papers

Read More About IASLT Position Papers


Guidelines are current best practice procedures based on available evidence. They contribute to high quality speech and language therapy service delivery.

Statements and Pre-Budget Submissions

Read More About IASLT Statements and Pre-Budget Submissions

Government Submissions

IASLT Submissions to the Oireachtas