The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes the importance of accessibility to information and communication to enable persons with disabilities to fully enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. ‘Communication’ refers to languages, display of text, Braille, tactile communication, large print, accessible multimedia as well as written, audio, plain-language, human-reader and augmentative and alternative modes, means and formats of communication, including accessible information and communication technology.
Communication Rights Australia is a leading human rights information and advocacy funded by Government. They work with, and on behalf of, people with disabilities giving priority to those with communication difficulties and little or no speech as the ability to communicate one’s needs is essential for an individual to exercise their rights.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may provide funding for assistive communication technology. The particular aids and equipment are identified in NDIA Assistive Technology & Consumables Code Guide which can be found by clicking here.
The aids and equipment assist participants with alternative communication or to access written or spoken communication through electronic or other means, such as assistive hearing products and assistive vision products. To find out more contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110.