COMMUNICATING is a basic human right and speech pathologist Tanith Brien’s passion to support those people with complex communication needs has earned her a $5000 scholarship.
The Como resident was recently awarded the 2017 Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) Scholarship which will enable her to undertake work to become certified as a Pragmatically Organised Dynamic Display (PODD) trainer.
PODD is a way of organising language in a communication book or speech generating device that enables people with complex communication needs to ‘have a voice’.
“Being able to communicate is a basic human right and I’m passionate about helping people who are unable to speak to communicate in other ways,” Ms Brien said.
“Through providing training in PODD communication systems I hope to support people, including health professionals, carers, other support people and family members, how to set up and effectively use these language systems.”
ILC chief executive Gerri Clay said the study Ms Brien proposed to undertake would not only be a great asset to her future practice but would also greatly benefit the ILC and people with a disability.