Speech and language therapists from Hywel Dda University Health Board will unveil four new bespoke communication boards at the National Eisteddfod this week.

Following the success of the boards at playgrounds across Ceredigion, the team from Hywel Dda have worked with a group of adults with learning disabilities to identify words they felt would be useful.

These reflect the specific communication needs for the Eisteddfod, including key places and activities.

The boards will be suitable for anyone with a communication difficulty including children and adults, and support anyone to learn Welsh words whilst at the event.

As well as the four boards, which will be on display across the Maes, the team has also created a PDF that will be incorporated within the Eisteddfod app..

The hope is that this exciting project could be expanded over the coming years to include further visual resources and useful signs to support inclusion and raise awareness of hidden disabilities.


Last month Julie Morgan MS, deputy minister for social services, visited Aberystwyth to see the county’s communication boards, the first of its kind launched in Wales, in partnership with Ceredigion County Council and with funding from Welsh Government.

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In December 2021, Libby Jeffries and Mererid Jones, Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapists, received a Giving Voice award by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) for their work on the boards.

The award recognises how speech and language therapy transforms lives and celebrates innovative activity and achievements demonstrated by therapists across the UK.

Mererid said: “We are very excited to be able to work with the Eisteddfod on this project, to create the first communication-friendly Eisteddfod and festival of its kind.

"We are hoping to showcase how festivals could easily make their events more communication friendly to become more inclusive.”  

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