Most of us are familiar with the concept that how we say something is as important – if not more so – than what we actually say. This article takes a look at how we can craft the right tone.
It was UCLA academic Albert Mehrabian who taught us that good communication is made up of three parts:
Body language; and
Tone of voice
I lead learning groups in both presentation skills and autism support. Within these sessions, we spend a fair bit of time thinking about how we may need to tailor our communication if the receiver has a barrier to their understanding – as in the case of an autistic person. Or, if we ourselves are a little unsure about the communication – as with someone who is new to public speaking or writing for an audience.
State schools have long been used as a political football by successive politicians – a lot of whom, it can’t be ignored, were themselves educated privately.
The last ten or so years have seen austerity measures used as a reason (some may use the word, ‘excuse’) for starving schools of cash. Funding has reached breaking point and last year some 4,000 head teachers wrote to parents explaining just how short of money their schools were.
There is a story in the paper this weekend saying that people with autism are now required by the DVLA to inform them of their diagnosis. This is a new development of which the NAS has just become aware. The change in policy – people with autism were not previously required to do this – was not communicated to any of the main charities or professional bodies supporting those with autism.
A quick look at both the Equality Act and the Autism Act and how they support people with autism.
Most of us who work with people in any capacity will be familiar on some level with the Equality Act 2010 or the earlier Disability Discrimination Act 1995 which the Equality Act replaced. But did you also know that there is a full piece of legislation devoted specifically to autism? It’s the Autism Act 2009.