Justice Professionals

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.

Recommendations

Resources:

CDAC’s webinars and resources on access to police, legal and justice services.

CDAC’s communication intermediary database.

Supplmental Webinars and Resources:

  1. Communication and Capacity: Context and Guiding Principles (Barbara Collier)
  2. Communication Disabilities: Barriers and Impact on Choice and Control (Barbara Collier)
  3. Legal Context for Exercising Capacity and Provision of Communication Supports (Lana Kerzner)
  4. Communication Supports: Formal, Symbolic Communicators (Barbara Collier)
  5. Communication Supports: Informal, Non-Symbolic Communicators (Jo Watson)