Duty to Accommodate, Legal Capacity and People with Communication Disabilities

  • Accommodations are a legal obligation – they are not voluntary.
  • Accommodations for people with communication disabilities are no less valid or important to achieving equality than those that are more well known – such as ramps for people who have mobility disabilities and sign language for people who are Deaf.

Role of Accommodations:

  • Assist a person to demonstrate that they meet the test of capacity
  • Assist a person in the decision-making process


  • Support person – assist with communication and/or decision-making
  • Additional time for communication
  • Communication aids e.g. picture boards; speech output devices