Communication Supports

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.

Access and learn more about these supports and the database.