People with communication difficulties can confidently “go to the polls” and have someone who is trained to communicate effectively with them!
The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) recently became the first Victorian government agency to be successfully assessed as being Communication Accessible, which is in line with its Disability Action Plan objective to ‘Improve staff awareness and assistance’.
With Scope’s support, the VEC developed communication boards, with words and pictures relevant to the voting process, to assist staff in communicating with electors with communication difficulties. These boards can also be beneficial for people with hearing impairments and English language difficulties.
Staff at reception and the enrolment branch attended training, where they learnt strategies to better assist people with communication difficulties in person and over the phone.
In addition, two election staff members from each of the attendance election offices were trained prior to the 2012 council elections and the VEC plans to have trained staff available in each of the 2014 state election offices that also function as early voting centres.
A great commitment to Communication Access – where everyone can get their message across.
Welcome to the Communication Access Network Blog! What is the Communication Access Network and why do we need a blog?
The Communication Access Network leads, supports and
co-ordinates local and state wide 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 Resource Centre in Melbourne and 11 Regional Communication Services based at 18 sites across the state, including community health centres and disability organizations.
For more information or to find your
Regional Communication Service please contact the Communication Resource Centre [email protected]
We launched this Blog as a way of sharing information about the great projects that we do to enhance the communication and participation of adults with communication difficulties. We also wanted a place to share information about useful resources that can support people who communicate in various ways.
We hope you enjoy the content that we post here and will subscribe to our Blog which will be contributed to by the Regional Communication Services and updated regularly.