A CDAC communication assistant is a person who has attended CDAC training and who assists people who have speech and language disabilities to communicate with others. As these trainings and services are currently not well funded, communication assistants are not certified, regulated or supervised by CDAC.
In 2008, CDAC conducted a pilot project on the role of communication assistants in supporting people with speech and language disabilities to communicate with others.
- Communication assistants can significantly increase communication access to businesses and services for people with speech and language disabilities
- Unfamiliar people reported increased comfort and satisfaction communicating with people who have speech and language disabilities
- People with communication disabilities reported increased feelings of dignity, empowerment, autonomy and privacy as well as increased quality of services.
Collier, B. McGhie-Richmond, D., & Self. H. (2010). Exploring communication assistants as an option for increasing Communication Access to Communities for people who use AAC. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, March 2010 VOL. 26 (1), pp. 48–59