In some situations, people who have communication disabilities need someone to assist them communicating with other people. They may have unclear speech, or communicate using a picture, symbol, letter board or a communication device. They may need communication assistance at meetings, appointments and when communicating with people who do not know how they communicate.
A person who assists with communication:
- Is directed by the person who has a communication disability
- Is authorized and trusted by the person they assist
- Knows how the person wants them to assist with communication
- Respects the autonomy of the person they assist
A communication assistant is not a coach, an advocate, or a mediator.