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“Accessibility encompasses more than curb cuts and wheelchair ramps. It is about being able to communicate with people. Without communication, people cannot give vital information in a hospital or in a court. They are not well protected by police services, and they forfeit equal access to opportunities, businesses and services.”
The Honorable David OnleyLieutenant Governor of Ontario, 2010


“My greatest barriers are people who think that because I can’t speak, I cannot understand what they are saying or I am incapable of making my own decisions. People need to know that we are all different. Having a speech disability does not necessarily mean that we can’t hear and understand.”
Krystine DonatoResearch Assistant



“I want people to talk directly to me – not to ignore me. I can’t get good services if people don’t know how to communicate with me.”
Tien HoangAugmentative Communication Mentor



“Communication access is more than being nice. In critical situations, I would want a trained communication assistant to help others understand my messages. These services need to be developed and made available to us so that we can have effective communication in hospitals and all essential services.”
Colin PhillipsPhD Candidate



“I have aphasia after a stroke. It affects how I speak and sometimes I have difficulty processing what people are saying. For me, access is having people show me what they are talking about and giving me time to communicate using my device or communication book.”
Bill ScottRetired