Sue Thurman, ACT Associate Trainer

Sue ThurmanSue Thurman – BSc (Hons) Speech and qualified Speech and Language Therapist

Sue has worked with adults and children with learning and physical disabilities as a Speech and Language Therapist for over thirty years. She has worked in a wide range of health, education and social care settings with people of all ages and across a range of disabilities. She is particularly interested in the communication needs of those who have profound intellectual and multiple disabilities or autistic spectrum conditions. Her interests in both communication and human rights have led her to become involved in both safeguarding and legal issues and much of her recent training and consultancy work has revolved around this. She has both delivered training and written resources on the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. She has also been involved in several projects looking at the communication rights of people with learning disabilities.

In April 2008 Sue left her full time NHS post where she managed the Speech and Language Therapy service to adults with learning disabilities in Nottingham to concentrate on her training and consultancy work. She works alongside a number of charities, social enterprises and other groups. At the end of 2009 she trained as a Registered Intermediary and now works to facilitate the communication of vulnerable witnesses and those who interview them in police stations and courts. When not working she enjoys art and craft activities, is involved in a local church and is slightly baffled to find herself married to a keen bird watcher.