Communication Assistance Database

There are two types of communication assistants on the CDAC database.

A communication intermediary works in police, legal and justice situations.

A communication assistant supports an individual communicating in everyday, non-critical situations.

A communication assistant:

  • has taken the online CDAC course
  • has at least, 1 year working experience with people who have disabilities
  • has agreed to the code of ethics for communication assistants
  • does not conduct communication assessments, provide therapy or recommend augmentative communication methods and devices
  • cannot support a person communicating in critical situations such as police, legal and justice settings
  • cannot provide assistance to an individual who has no formal communication method

In these situations, a referral to a Speech-Language Pathologist, a Communication Intermediary or an Augmentative Communication Clinic is required.

A communication intermediary: 

  • is a speech-language pathologist with additional training from CDAC
  • works only in critical situations such as police, legal and justice settings

All assistants and intermediaries on the database:

  • work independently
  • set their own rates
  • are not endorse, accredited or accountable to CDAC
  • are not paid by CDAC

Access and learn more about these supports and the database.