About Us

I CAN is the children’s communication charity

We’re incredibly proud of our achievements over the past year. We’re continuing to make a difference to millions of children in the UK who would otherwise have been left behind.

   Read our impact report   


Communication is the most fundamental life skill for children and young people. Their ability to learn and to develop friendships depends upon it, but many face an uphill struggle. Almost 10% of all children and young people in the UK – more than 1.4 million - have speech, language and communications needs (SLCN).

The challenge is even greater in deprived areas, where more than 50% of children have delayed language. A lack of knowledge and resources means that too many children and young people with SLCN don’t receive enough appropriate support. This affects their educational outcomes, their employability and their health and wellbeing.

I CAN is here to change that.


What we do

We want a world where all children have the communication skills they need to fulfil their potential. We’re working towards this vision by:


  • Offering practical help for parents who are concerned about their child
  • Empowering early years and school professionals through training, support and information
  • Running outreach programmes in the community


  • Developing intervention programmes for delivery in over 5,000 nurseries and schools across the UK

Our reach and impact

We’re proud of the difference our activities make to children and young people in the UK who would otherwise be left behind:


Over 5,000 nurseries and schools across the country run our intervention programmes

More than 1.2 million people a year access information and advice on our website

100% of students leave Dawn House School and go into further education, employment or independent living



Find out more about what we aim to achieve and how we plan to do it

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