Police, Crowns, Defense Counsel, Court Accessibility Coordinators, Victim services and Judges must make their services accessible for victims, witnesses and accused persons who have disabilities that affect their communication. Victims, witnesses and accused persons who have disabilities that affect communication may have difficulty hearing, speaking, understanding spoken and written language, remembering what is said, making decisions and communicating what they want to convey in police, legal and justice situations.
Victims, witnesses and accused persons who have disabilities that affect their communication have a right to the supports they need to communicate effectively within the justice system.
- Learn about the communication supports that people may need for effective communication.
- Learn about the role of Communication Intermediaries to assist people communicating in justice situations.
- Establish policies, procedures, practices and documentation to identify and provide communication supports.
- At the earliest opportunity, engage a Communication Intermediary from the database to:
- Assess an individual’s need for communication supports
- Explain how an individual communicates and their communication supports
- Clarify an individual’s level of understanding
- Assist an individual to understand questions
- Assist an individual to communicate their answers
Supplmental Webinars and Resources:
- Communication and Capacity: Context and Guiding Principles (Barbara Collier)
- Communication Disabilities: Barriers and Impact on Choice and Control (Barbara Collier)
- Legal Context for Exercising Capacity and Provision of Communication Supports (Lana Kerzner)
- Communication Supports: Formal, Symbolic Communicators (Barbara Collier)
- Communication Supports: Informal, Non-Symbolic Communicators (Jo Watson)