Symbols help youngsters communicate

Mayor Wendy Waller (right) with Autism Advisory and Support Service CEO Grace Fava (left) and speech pathologist Thanh Nguyen.
Mayor Wendy Waller (right) with Autism Advisory and Support Service CEO Grace Fava (left) and speech pathologist Thanh Nguyen.

Children of all abilities can have fun together in the playground thanks to a new communications board installed by Liverpool Council in Collimore Park.

The board uses symbols and braille to help people who struggle to communicate due to disability, language problems or limited expressive abilities.

By pointing to symbols on the board, users are able to show what they would like to do and express how they feel.

The board was developed in collaboration with the Autism Advisory and Support Service and funded by the federal government's Stronger Communities program following a grant application by Fowler MP Chris Hayes.

"The Collimore Park communication board will immediately benefit families of children with communication difficulties," Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said. "Play is so crucial for children's development and this board will help change lives for the better.

"Council is committed to promoting inclusion through our Disability Inclusion Action Plan. Every family wants the best for their children and council aims to help them achieve it. We're proud of our wonderful parks at Liverpool and are always looking at ways to make them better, especially making them more inclusive."