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  • Communication Intermediaries | Communication Access to Justice
    sign language interpreters or language translators however they use different techniques to support people who have communication disabilities due to cerebral palsy autism cognitive disabilities acquired brain injury learning disability stroke dementia ALS Parkinson s Disease and other conditions What training does a Communication Intermediary have CIs are Speech Language Pathologists have a minimum Master s degree and are regulated healthcare professionals with at least two years working experience All CIs on the CDAC roster have attended CDAC trainings CDAC trainings include information about the role of a CI the CI model of service communication assessment procedures principles practices and code of ethics for supporting communication within police legal and justice situations Who might need a Communication Intermediary People who have a speech and or language disability may need a communication intermediary Speech and or language disabilities may be caused by cerebral palsy autism learning disability cognitive disability traumatic brain injury brain tumor aphasia dementia Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Parkinson s Disease Multiple Sclerosis or other conditions Why use a Communication Intermediary Communication Intermediaries provide communication access for people who have speech and language disabilities similar to the way sign language interpreting services are provided for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing Communication intermediaries can Explain how a person communicates Clarify a person s level of understanding Assist the person to understand questions Assist the person to communicate their answers When to use a Communication Intermediary A Communication Intermediary may be required if the person has a disability other than a hearing loss that makes it difficult for them to speak understand process or remember what is being said express their opinions and thoughts in a clear manner Or if the person communicates using pictures symbols a letter board or communication device requires a neutral arms length person to

    Original URL path: http://www.access-to-justice.org/communication-intermediaries/roster/communication-intermediaries/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Roster | Communication Access to Justice
    work in legal and justice situations Police legal and justice professionals can search the roster to find an intermediary that suits their requirements Communication Intermediaries work independently of CDAC and are not accountable to CDAC CDAC cannot recommend Intermediaries for end users Click here to learn about Communication Intermediaries Click here to learn how to use the Roster Click here to view the Roster PLEASE NOTE If you experience difficulties

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  • Report Summary | Communication Access to Justice
    accessible Educational Resources Article Summaries Brochure Communication Intermediaries About Intermediaries Roster Report Summary Report Summary In 2012 CDAC conducted a national study on the implementation of Communication Intermediaries in Canada This study conclusively confirms The inequity of treatment within police legal and justice services that currently exists in Canada due to major communication barriers experienced by people with speech and language disabilities The need for enhanced communication accessibility through the

    Original URL path: http://www.access-to-justice.org/communication-intermediaries/feasibility-study-on-communication-intermediaries/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Justice Sector | Communication Access to Justice
    with a Victim or Witness Guidelines for working with an Accused Person Justice Sector These guidelines are for anyone who works in the criminal justice system in Canada They provide information on how to support a victim witness or an accused who has a speech and language disability SLD not caused by a hearing loss Guidelines for working with a Victim or Witness Guidelines for working with an Accused OR

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  • Guidelines for working with a Victim or Witness | Communication Access to Justice
    when communicating with the person Provide direct communication assistance at each stage of the criminal process Depending on the person s communication needs a CI may Rephrase questions in ways the person can understand Repeat what the person has said or speak out loud items that they point to on a communication board containing pictures symbols written words or letters Assist the person to communicate their intended meaning of a message by reformulating and validating what they want to communicate Provide vocabulary in ways the person can understand and use to convey their messages A CI Conducts a communication assessment and writes a report Maintains impartiality and neutrality Functions as an officer of the court Works for the end user police Crown etc Always works in the presence of the end user except during the communication assessment stage A CI does not Provide opinions on testimony Function as a second interviewer an advocate personal support worker or counsellor Provide testimony as an expert witness Assess or address issues such as capacity to consent or credibility Coach the person in how to answer questions Screening for a SLD The person may require a Communication Intermediary CI if they Speak in a way that is hard for you to understand Communicate using a letter picture symbol board or device Have difficulty finding the words they want to say Show you a card tell you or have another person tell you that they have a disability that affects their communication Have difficulty understanding questions and instructions Respond inappropriately or inconsistently to questions Identify themselves or have someone else identify that they have a disability that affects their communication skills Screening for a CI If the person has a speech and language disability SLD you may want to engage a Communication Intermediary to Find out whether the person requires communication supports and assistance within the justice system Assist you to understand what the person is communicating Determine how well the person understands what you are saying Provide a qualified professional who can assist the person communicating and who is neutral and impartial Finding a CI If you suspect that the person has a speech and language disability you should Ask the person if they want someone to assist with communication or explain why you want someone to provide this assistance Ask if the person knows someone they trust who could provide communication assistance Determine whether that person has the qualifications and requirements to provide assistance If the person does not have someone to assist or if the person they identified is not impartial or does not assist the person is ways that would be admissible in a justice situation then you may need to engage a qualified CI Obtain consent from the person to engage a CI Find out the type of SLD the person has and their preferred language as this will assist you in sourcing an appropriate CI Use the online CI roster to find a CI with the necessary work experience in the type of disability the person has language preference and service location Ask the CI for their resume and evidence of their membership in a regulatory body Negotiate engagement of CI in terms of time schedule location and payment CIs will charge their own rates Payment for CI services might be allocated to an accessibility budget line similar to other accessibility accommodations such as sign language interpreting Arrange first meeting After the first meeting ensure that the person with SLD approves the CI to assist them communicating CI Assessment The CI should not receive any information about or discuss the case allegations or any statement that has already been made during the assessment Establish terms of engagement with the CI common understanding of the process and role of the CI among all parties The CI will provide you and the person with the SLD with a description of their role and any necessary consent forms Depending on the situation you may or may not want to observe the CI conducting the communication assessment Make arrangements for how and when the CI will deliver their report Discuss outcomes from the CI assessment report and the types of communication supports and assistance the person may require Working with a CI The police legal or justice professional should be present for all interactions between the person with the SLD and the CI after the assessment stage If the CI is to provide direct communication assistance ask them to explain the techniques they will be using They should also give you a written description of the techniques they will be using Be prepared to give the CI sufficient time with the person especially if the person cannot speak and requires vocabulary to communicate their story provide evidence The CI will provide you with information protocols and procedures about The person s communication abilities and needs Communication techniques they will use to assist the person communicating Communication methods and or devices and how they will be used Techniques they will use to select vocabulary that the person needs to communicate about the case e g pictures written words or symbols Techniques they will use to introduce new vocabulary to the person without impacting the integrity of their testimony Signals the person will use to take a break Types of questions you can ask that the person will be able to answer them Optimal seating arrangements for communication Recording techniques for non verbal communication as well as the communications from of the person and the CI Role of a Police Officer Identify whether the person has a speech or language disability SLD If you determine the person has a SLD determine whether the person requires a Communication Intermediary If the person requires a CI proceed to finding a CI Make arrangements for the CI to conduct an assessment Follow guidelines on how to work with a CI If a CI is required you should not continue taking a statement from the person until the assessment

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  • Guidelines for working with an Accused Person | Communication Access to Justice
    they want to say Show you a card tell you or have another person tell you that they have a disability that affects their communication Have difficulty understanding questions and instructions Respond inappropriately or inconsistently to questions Identify themselves or have someone else identify that they have a disability that affects their communication skills Screening for a CI If the person has a speech and language disability SLD you may want to engage a Communication Intermediary to Find out whether the person requires communication supports and assistance within the justice system Assist you to understand what the person is communicating Determine how well the person understands what you are saying Provide a qualified professional who can assist the person communicating and who is neutral and impartial Finding a CI If you suspect that the person has a speech and language disability you should Ask the person if they want someone to assist with communication or explain why you want someone to provide this assistance Ask if the person knows someone they trust who could provide communication assistance Determine whether that person has the qualifications and requirements to provide assistance If the person does not have someone to assist or if the person they identified is not impartial or does not assist the person is ways that would be admissible in a justice situation then you may need to engage a qualified CI Obtain consent from the person to engage a CI Find out the type of SLD the person has and their preferred language as this will assist you in sourcing an appropriate CI Use the online CI roster to find a CI with the necessary work experience in the type of disability the person has language preference and service location Ask the CI for their resume and evidence of their membership in a regulatory body Negotiate engagement of CI in terms of time schedule location and payment CIs will charge their own rates Payment for CI services might be allocated to an accessibility budget line similar to other accessibility accommodations such as sign language interpreting Arrange first meeting After the first meeting ensure that the person with SLD approves the CI to assist them communicating CI Assessment The CI should not receive any information about or discuss the case allegations or any statement that has already been made during the assessment Establish terms of engagement with the CI common understanding of the process and role of the CI among all parties The CI will provide you and the person with the SLD with a description of their role and any necessary consent forms Depending on the situation you may or may not want to observe the CI conducting the communication assessment Make arrangements for how and when the CI will deliver their report Discuss outcomes from the CI assessment report and the types of communication supports and assistance the person may require Working with a CI You should be present for all interactions between the person with the SLD

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  • Trainings | Communication Access to Justice
    a Victim or Witness Guidelines for working with an Accused Person Trainings Job description Trainings Resources for Intermediaries Resources Websites Picture Vocabularies Articles and Books Making services communication accessible Educational Resources Article Summaries Brochure Trainings Job description Trainings Resources for Intermediaries Trainings This section is for Speech Language Pathologists who are interested in Communication Intermediary training www access to justice org CDAC is a Registered Charity 87160 1712 RR0001 Unauthorized

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  • Job description | Communication Access to Justice
    work in a variety of settings such as during police investigations while giving testimony in court communicating at a human rights tribunal participating in a legal capacity evaluation or discussing legal issues with lawyers Employment Information Similar to sign language interpreters communication intermediaries are contracted by police lawyers victim witness services court accessibility coordinators judges crowns and other justice professionals Communication Intermediaries Have completed communication intermediary training conducted by CDAC Adhere to CDAC s national practice standards and code of ethics for communication intermediaries Are listed on CDAC s roster of communication intermediaries Work independently and are solely accountable for their services Negotiate their fees with the end user e g police lawyer or justice professional including all time travel documentation and related activities Are members of and adhere to the practice standards and code of ethics of their regulatory body e g CASLPO ACSLPA CSHHPBC CASLPM and other provincial associations CDAC provides National practice standards code of ethics and resources Training for communication intermediaries Online roster of communication intermediaries Education for police legal and justice professionals and people with speech and or language disabilities Professional Opportunity As police legal and justice services implement accessibility legislation they will increasingly seek

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