NDIA and Communication Rights Australia respond to the needs of people who have little or no speech
Communication Rights is responding to the needs of our community through the development of a NDIA funded kit, to enhance a positive engagement through an equal exchange of communication through the NDIS Pre-Planning and Planning process. The tool is being developed with the support of Anne McDonald Centre, parents, of children with disabilities, and supporters who have already experienced the planning process. Watch this space for more information and release of the tools.
Communication Rights Australia endorses Phil Lipshut’s remarks at the ALP State Conference 2017
Published on 14/06/17
"Whilst I am a HACSU delegate today, I am not speaking on behalf of HACSU and, whilst I am President of the largest support group in Victoria for families who have a family member living in disability accommodation, Supportive Families and Friends Association Eastern Metropolitan Region, I am not speaking on behalf of the Association either. I am speaking on behalf of my 29 year-old son, Jeremy, who is a resident of a Department of Health and Human Services group home for people with a disability."
Media Release: Access to Independent Communication Support within the Justice System
Communication Rights Australia rejects the South Australian Government's proposal to have volunteers work as Independent Communication Support Workers for people who have communication or speech difficulties when they are accessing the justice system.
Links to Youtube worth watching
Story of Martin Pistorius
Imagine being unable to say, "I am hungry," "I am in pain," "thank you," or "I love you,” — losing your ability to communicate, being trapped inside your body, surrounded by people yet utterly alone. For 13 long years, that was Martin Pistorius’s reality. After contracting a brain infection at the age of twelve, Pistorius lost his ability to control his movements and to speak, and eventually he failed every test for mental awareness. He had become a ghost. But then a strange thing started to happen — his mind began to knit itself back together. In this moving talk, Pistorius tells how he freed himself from a life locked inside his own body.
Look at Me App (only available on Samsung phones) eye contact training program for kids with autism.
this looks pretty interesting:
Becky Clark, RALLI editor and a Speech and Language Therapist, explains what a Specific Language Impairment is, the types of difficulties a child can have, and how diagnosing such difficulties can present a challenge.
This film is for teachers and other professionals working in education or advising on educational issues. The film describes possible signs of SLI in the classroom. Feel free to use the film and accompanying slide show within your school to help develop staff awareness of SLI. T
NRS New Development
The National Relay Service is proud to announce the launch of their new e-learning module, Understanding the NRS, for health and aged care professionals.
We developed this module to help health professionals help their clients with hearing or speech impairment to have effective phone conversations and retain their independence and privacy. The module is easy-to-use and can be accessed where and when it is convenient for you.
We invite you to give it a try!
AAC Users and families have their say on Channel 31
AAC Users and families have their say on Channel 31:
Winner of the Excellence in Advocacy and Rights Promotion Award 2012
Disability Advocacy Victoria
Disability Advocacy Victoria is a peak body for independent advocacy organisations representing. It has a membership of 18 organisations. Communication Rights Australia provides support to DAV Inc. to ensure that the sector can provide a single Victorian body that liaises with government and provides policy advice and representation on behalf of the sector.
For futher information www.disabilityadvocacyvic.org.au
Tim Chan's latest update - communicating independently
Published on 16/06/2012
Tim Chan is a 17 year old with autism and very little speech.
As a result of training in using AAC provided by Dr Rosemary Crossley he first began typing several years ago at age nine. Initially Tim needed wrist support from a communication partner-- and some people did not support his access to this method of communication. However as a result of perseverance with facilitated communication training Tim was able to progress to using elbow support and then shoulder support.
This clip is an update on the previous one posted in October 2011. It demonstrates how Tim has now progressed to requiring only a touch on his back or leg in order to provide the simple "emotional reassurance" he says he needs due to an anxiety about communicating which he attributes to his autism.
Tim and his family requested the filming and the release of this footage as an educational resource.
"I would not get to this stage if I did not get full support initially"
Published on 5/10/2011
Tim Chan is a 16 year old young man from Melbourne, Australia. He has autism and very little speech. Over the last seven years, Tim has successfully used facilitated communication training as a strategy to achieve virtual independence of communication. In this video he demonstrates the different levels of physical support he has required over this time. When we first met Tim he was using full wrist support and only typing with his mother and communication specialist. For several years, some people did not support Tim's access to this method of communication on the grounds that its authenticity was questionable. But Tim now states that if this communication method had not been given to him he would not be typing independently now: 'I would not get to this stage if I did not get full support initially'. As a result of Facilitated Communication Training, Tim has a wealth of life opportunities available to him which he would not have otherwise.