I CAN is the children’s communication charity.
Communication difficulties are life limiting. A child, who finds speaking and listening hard, finds life hard. There are more than a million children in the UK today that struggle with communication. Help make a difference to their lives by running for I CAN.
“Matty’s and our lives have changed irrevocably. I CAN are the light at the end of the tunnel, the superglue that mends families who are at breaking point. Matty is a little boy who has been lost and found. I know how hard it has been for Matty to learn to communicate, thank you I CAN for giving him back his smile.” Matty’s dad
We are here to ensure that no child is left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding. Nobody wants a child's potential to be wasted. It happens because communication difficulties are not visible, often mistaken for something else, or not noticed at all.
Communication difficulties are life-limiting. A child who struggles to speak will find it hard to read, write and make friends.
I CAN's mission is to make sure that everyone in contact with children knows how important communication is, what a communication difficultly looks like and what they can do to help.
We give expert information and advice to parents.
We run speciality assessment services which give families comprehensive advice on how to meet their child’s needs.
We train teachers in nurseries and schools so they can identify and help children who are struggling.
We raise awareness and campaign to ensure the voices of children and families are heard.
We have specialist schools for children aged 4-19 with the most serve difficulties. These provide expert therapy, care and education to help pupils grow into independent young people.
In some socially deprived parts of the UK, 50% of children are starting school with poor language skills.
One in ten children in the UK have more severe difficulties and need long-term support.
On behalf of those children who have no voice, a quiet voice, an unintelligible voice, please help us.