Communication Intermediary Services
NAVIGATING THE LEGAL WORLD WITH A COMMUNICATION DISABILITY CAN BE HARD
Accessing police, legal, and justice services when you are experiencing a speech or language difficulty can be challenging and could have serious consequences if the individuals involved do not have a proper understanding of your communication difficulties.
A person experiencing communication difficulties as a result of cerebral palsy, autism, cognitive disability, traumatic brain injury, learning disability, stroke, dementia, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or other conditions may need assistance when:
Making statements to the police/participating in police investigations
Giving reliable testimony in court
Expressing opinions at legal meetings
Giving informed consent
Participating in capacity evaluations, child custody cases, matters of wills and estates and other matters
WE CAN HELP!
Communication Intermediaries are qualified speech-language pathologists who have received additional training from CDAC (Communication Disabilities Access Canada). They help anyone who has a speech and/or language disability to communicate in legal and justice settings. These services include:
Explaining how a person communicates
Providing clarification around a person’s level of understanding
Helping a person to understand questions
Helping a person to communicate their answer
Protecting the integrity of a person’s communication
S. L. Hunter Speechworks is proud to employ several clinicians who are CDAC-trained Communication Intermediaries and are registered with the official Communication Intermediary Roster at www.access-to-justice.org/p/comm_intermediary_roster
WHO CAN USE THESE SERVICES?
Communication Intermediaries can be useful for any individual who has a speech and/or language disability that makes it difficult for them to:
Or if they:
communicate using pictures, symbols, a letter board, or device
require a neutral, arms-length, qualified person to assist with communication
Or, if the police, legal, or justice professionals:
WHO PAYS FOR COMMUNICATION INTERMEDIARY SERVICES?
Like other accessibility services (e.g. sign language interpreters, language translators, etc.), the services provider (i.e. police, lawyer, court, victim services, health care facility) is responsible for payment of communication intermediary services.
For more information or to arrange for communication intermediary services for yourself or a loved one, please email us at [email protected]