Communication Assistance

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What is this course about?

The course is about ways to assist individuals who have communication disabilities if they need support communicating with other people. The course focuses on the  role of a person who provides assistance to a person who:

  • Is over 18 years of age
  • Has a speech, language and communication disability and may have:
    • Unclear speech
    • A picture, symbol, letter board
    • A communication device

Who might need communication assistance?

Not everyone who has a speech and language disability needs or wants communication assistance from another person.  However, many people require support when communicating in certain situations, especially at meetings and important appointments.

Who can take this course?

Anyone who supports a person with a communication disability in the community and/or is a:

  • Personal Support Worker
  • Personal Attendant
  • Communication Disorders Assistant
  • Communication Health Assistant
  • Direct Service Professional
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Disability Advocate
  • Student in a Disability Area

In addition, a person with a communication disability can take this course to help them train their personal assistants.

What will you learn in the course?

You will learn about:

  • People who have Communication Disabilities
  • Ways to Facilitate People to Communicate their Messages
  • Ways to Facilitate People to Understand what Others are Saying
  • Strategies for Facilitating Successful Interactions
  • Tips for Facilitating Communication at Meetings and Public Forums
  • The Communication Assistance Database

This course is not accredited and does not qualify participants:

  • To use the term Communication Assistant as a professional title
  • To work as a Communication Disorders Assistant or Communication Health Assistant, who provide clinical services under the direction of a Speech-Language Pathologist

The course will not prepare you to:

  • Support people who do not have established communication methods or skills to communicate
  • Assist people with significant intellectual disabilities to communicate
  • Assess, introduce communication methods, provide therapy or communication services
  • Recommend, develop communication displays and devices
  • Support a person communicating in critical contexts such as in significant healthcare, police, legal or justice situations. These services are provided by Speech-Language Pathologists, and Augmentative Communication Clinicians.

How do you take the course?

  • The course is online in English and French.
  • You must have your own personal email to take the course.
  • It takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete the course.
  • You can do the lessons anytime.
  • There is a short quiz at the end of each lesson.

What is the communication assistance database?

On completion of the course, Canadian participants have the option to apply to be on the Communication Assistance Database. Information about the database is provided during the course. The database can be viewed at http://www.cdacanada.com/communication-assistance-database/

As of April 30, 2019, we will process new applications for the database when we have secured funding to expand the database.

 

 

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