Things to consider:
- Ask your attendants(s) to take the communication assistant course
- Together with your attendant(s) take the working with a communication course and customize what you want them to do when assisting you communicating with other people
- Make a binder with sections for regular routines. Explain in detail how you want your routines done. Include photos to make it easier to follow complicated instructions.
- Color code electrical cords and connections so that your attendants can easily hook them up.
- Have communication boards in places where you may not have your device, such as the bathroom or when lying in bed.
- Make a list of emergency contacts and instructions and keep it on the fridge door and in your wallet.
- Keep things in the same place so that attendants can always find and replace them rather than wasting time looking for things.
- Discuss your preferred ways to book, cancel, confirm attendant arrangements with your manager (e.g. text, SMS, email)
- Know your rights and the complaint process if you have a problem.
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These suggestions should not be considered as legal advice, or appropriate for everyone. CDAC is not liable for their use.