A Communication Intermediary (CI) assists victims, witnesses, and accused people who have speech and language disabilities to understand questions and to communicate answers effectively when communicating with police, legal, or justice professionals.
Allied Therapy's Speech Pathologists are trained Communication Intermediaries through the Communication Disabilities Access Canada program.
Communication Intermediaries are qualified Speech-Language Pathologists with additional training from CDAC to work in police, legal, and justice situations.
Communication Intermediaries on the CDAC database:
Facilitate communication between a victim, witness, and accused person who has a communication disability and police, legal, and justice professionals
Are paid by police, legal or justice system
Agree to a code of ethics and practice
Can be engaged by police, legal or justice professionals or a victim, witness or accused person with a communication disability
Who needs communication intermediary?
A Communication Intermediary may be required if a victim, witness or accused person has a disability, 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.
Why should communication intermediary be used?
A Communication Intermediary is an impartial, qualified professional who has additional training to facilitate two-way communication between a victim/witness or accused person with a communication disability and a justice professional (e.g. police, prosecutor, private legal counsel).