There are two types of communication assistants on the CDAC database.
A communication intermediary:
- is a speech-language pathologist with additional training from CDAC and CAJus and only works in police, legal and justice settings.
A communication assistant supports an individual communicating in everyday, non-critical situations.
- 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.
All assistants and intermediaries on the database:
- work independently of CDAC and CAJus.
- set their own rates.
- are not endorsed, accredited or accountable to CDAC or CAJus.
- are not paid by CDAC.