Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) is a Canadian, disability, non-profit organization, with charitable status. CDAC promotes social justice, accessibility and inclusion for people who have speech, language and communication disabilities.

COVID-19

CDAC recognizes that the implications of COVID-19 are serious for people who have disabilities that affect their communication. To help people communicate about and during Covid-19, we have compiled some resources that may be useful. We will do our best to add to these resources throughout Covid-19. We also suggest that you follow us on social media for updates.

See COVID-19 Resources

Communication

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, 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.

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