SDG18: Communication for all-including people with a communication disability, children, and people who do not speak dominant languages

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Abstract

Everyone has the right to communicate; however, not everyone can communicate in the same way. If SDG18 truly stands for “Communication for All”, then we must listen to and advocate for people whose voices are rarely heard despite their right to “freedom of opinion and expression” being articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent conventions and declarations. This chapter focuses on three groups of people whose voices are particularly marginalized: (1) people with communication disabilities, (2) children, and (3) people who do not speak/understand/read/write the dominant language of their community. These three groups make up a large portion of the world’s population but are unheard due to their invisible disability. The intersectionality between these three groups is a particular focus of this chapter leading to a call for multilingual children with communication disability to be supported to take their place as communicators in society, to fulfill their potential as multilingual speakers, and to realize their communication rights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSDG18 Communicaton for all, volume 2
Subtitle of host publicationRegional perspectives and special cases
EditorsJan Servaes, Muhammad Jameel Yusha'u
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter7
Pages175-199
Number of pages25
Volume2
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9783031194597
ISBN (Print)9783031194580
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Mar 2023

Publication series

NameSustainable Development Goals Series
ISSN (Print)2523-3084
ISSN (Electronic)2523-3092

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