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.
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.