The Communication Access Network leads, supports and co-ordinates local and statewide initiatives within Victoria, Australia to ensure people with complex communication needs can communicate and participate in their own communities.People with complex communication needs either cannot speak or have speech that is difficult to understand. They communicate in many ways. Some people may also have difficulty understanding spoken language. Complex communication needs may be due to a disability such as cerebral palsy, autism, stroke or motor neurone disease. 1 in 500 people in Victoria are estimated to have complex communication needs (Perry, Reilly, Bloomberg & Johnson 2002). The Communication Access Network aims to build community awareness and support access. We partner with a wide range of groups and individuals. Information, advice, resources and services are provided to:
- Adults with complex communication needs
- Local services, councils, shops, businesses
- Anyone who supports people with complex communication needs
The Communication Access Network, consists of the Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre in Melbourne and 11 Regional Communication Services based at 18 sites across the state, including community health centres and disability organisations.
For more information or to find your Regional Communication Service please contact the Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre.