Afasic ~ Working hard to give dysphasic's the life that they need...
Afasic has quite a long history, dating back to 1968. This is their story...
In 1968 Margaret Greene's daughter insisted that she should see a small boy who couldn’t speak and who threw the most appalling temper tantrums through sheer frustration. His mother was suffering under the strain and professionals believed that the boy should be sent to a mental health institution.
It was the general opinion of speech clinics then that it was pointless to refer children for speech therapy before they were of school age. There were no diagnostic facilities, the tests available were very limited and consequently many children were being sent to special schools, general provision did not exist.
It was obvious to Mrs Greene that this child was not mentally handicapped and she spent a sleepless night tormented by this sorry state of affairs. It became clear to her that she must start an association for the parents of these children as they were bewildered, scattered, and completely without support.
Among those who gave her marvellous encouragement at her first meeting were Mr Tony Martin (director of the Nuffield Speech & Hearing Centre) and Dr Mary Sheridan, who then had responsibility for the deaf and hard of hearing at the Ministry of Health.
Even so, she had been determined from the start that Afasic would be an association for parents. After reading Elizabeth Browning’s book about her own experiences in bringing up a son with severe speech and language difficulties – the frustrations, lack of understanding and ignorance she and her family faced – Mrs Greene knew she would be the ideal person to join the committee of Afasic and take responsibility for publicity and fundraising.
Over the past forty-eight years Afasic has worked with tremendous determination and strength to awaken society to the existence of this group of much neglected children.
They provide information and training for parents – and professionals – and produce a range of publications. Members meet in local groups in many areas of the UK.
Afasic seeks to raise awareness and to create better services and provision for children and young people with speech and language impairments. It works in partnership with local and national government, professional and statutory bodies and other voluntary organisations.
Afasic has a mission that it holds up to which is as follows:
Since 1993, Damian has spent his life spreading awareness of this disability and works tirelessly to promote Afasic's work. He has been a Vice President since 2010.
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