Communication Access to Justice

Communication Access to Justice (CAJ) focuses on reducing communication barriers and increasing supports for people with communication disabilities within the justice system.

Many people who have little or no speech use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC refers to ways other than speech that people use to communicate and includes displays and devices.

CAJ is operated and managed by Augmentative Communication Community Partnerships Canada (ACCPC).

ACCPC is a Canadian, non-profit organization that promotes communication access for people who have significant communication disabilities.

Vision:
Communication access to justice for all people who have communication disabilities.
Mission:
CAJ aims to foster a community of practice within the legal and disability sectors to increase availability, quality and accessibility of legal services for people who have communication disabilities.

We believe that making legal services more accessible for people with communication disabilities will make them more accessible for everyone.

Everyone who works in the justice system shares the responsibility for ensuring effective communication with their clients, regardless of communication disabilities.

Guiding Principles:

  • Full participation in society, including access to justice, is a legal right
  • Access to justice is a meaningless term without barrier-free access to legal information, services and representation
  • Barrier-free access includes ensuring effective communication
  • Effective communication occurs when two people understand each other's messages
  • Our work is guided by a commitment to anti-racism and anti-oppression, understanding that there are many factors that can contribute to an individual's privilege or non-privilege in our society, including disability, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, social or economic class, immigration status, education, mental health status, age, physical differences, first language, etc. These factors often intersect, which can further compound marginalization and exclusion