People with aphasia /communication disabilities need specialized skill-building programs to rebuild their lives in their home communities.
Our programs focus on strengthening intact abilities and exploring new skills, interests and knowledge.
Volunteers, clients and staff work together to design and develop “aphasia-friendly”, communicatively accessible programs.|
What is Communicative Access?
- A legal requirement under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005.
- Includes identification of communication barriers such as attitudes, technologies, policies and practices.
- The provision of information, written or spoken, in a form and format suitable for people living with communication disabilities.
- Includes training in the use of supportive communication techniques and "aphasia-friendly" written communication.
Community based programs
- Provide mutual aid and peer support
- Encourage the use of supportive communication strategies
- Incorporate communication aids such as life history communication books
Support for caregivers and family members of clients through:
- Peer support
- Social work involvement
Other services include:
- Workshops for clients, families and volunteers
- Information and referrals
- Training for staff of other organizations
- Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) student mentorship opportunities
- Advocacy, education and raising awareness
Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program offers group communications programs for adults with:
- Dysarthria and
- Related post-stroke communication disabilities
Our team of:
- speech-language pathologists
- communicative disorder assistants
- trained volunteers
work with clients to encourage learning and use of supportive communication strategies, such as written keywords, interactive drawings, and gestures.
We also provide support for families and friends to learn about and live with aphasia and communication disabilities.
The caregiver role:
- may come on unexpectedly
- can become rewarding in many ways
- involves many challenges and life changes.
The Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program can help caregivers adjust to their new role and life circumstances.
The Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program can assist caregivers looking for information about:
- aphasia and other acquired communication disabilities, including their impact and prognosis
- assistance with coping
- support services in the community.
Our speech language pathologists and communicative disorders assistants are available to:
- answer questions
- provide education to support and increase participation in conversations
- discuss overall progress
Our Social Worker can provide:
- emotional support
- appropriate referrals
- assistance to access community services
Caregiver support groups are offered at specific Aphasia and Communication Disabilties Program sites.
If you or the person in your care
could benefit from these support services,