Communication as is an interactive, two-way process that includes both understanding and being understood. Communication involves a range of communication methods in face-to-face interactions, over the telephone, online and via reading and writing. Communication methods include speech, gestures, body language, writing, drawing, pictures, symbol and letter boards, speech-generating devices, as well as human services such as ASL/LSQ/ISL interpreting, captioning in real time, informal and formal communication assistance.
What we do
As a national, non-profit organization, we address social justice and accessibility for people who have communication disabilities due to cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, learning disability, intellectual disability, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, traumatic brain injury, aphasia after a stroke, dementia, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (or ALS), Parkinson’s disease, or Multiple Sclerosis. We do not address the needs of people who are Deaf, deafened or have a significant hearing loss and who require sign language interpreting services as there are other organizations that do this.
When funding permits, we consult on accessibility policy and legislation, conduct research, develop resources, host training and maintain a communication assistance database.
Our resources are used by thousands people in Canada and around the world. Visitors to our website include people who have communication disabilities, family members, disability services, businesses and organizations, human rights agencies, government agencies, healthcare professionals, police, legal and justice services, accessibility policy makers, legislators, and communication clinicians.
We do not provide clinical communication services. To find out about communication clinical services, please contact your provincial Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiology Association.
- Communication Disabilities
- Accessible Businesses and Services
- Access to Justice / Communication Intermediaries
- Communication Supports in Exercising Capacity and Autonomy
- Access to Healthcare
- Communication Assistance Database
- Accessibility Legislation
- Legal Issues
- Communication Access Symbol
- Information for People who have Disabilities that Affect Communication