Giving people without speech new ways to talk

Working with those who impact the lives of individuals with impaired speech, the Open Access Resource Centre (OARC) offers consultation and training on the selection and use of various devices which feature text, symbols or pictures, along with synthesized or recorded voice, to overcome communication barriers.


The success of any device as a communications' solution depends very much on joint participation by many of those who interact with an individual. In most cases, the Open Access Resource Centre (OARC) shares its technical knowledge of communications devices with a treatment team that is already in place. OARC does not assess an individual's disabilities, but rather helps service providers decide whether a communications device would be helpful to the individual. The Centre also offers advice on which device(s) might suit the situation.


When individuals borrow a communications device from the Centre, staff provide in-depth training to them and their treatment teams. This training focusses on the operation of the equipment and on how to customize it over time to meet changing communications' needs.