Exploring Barriers to Communication Supports for People with Disabilities:
Survey for Professionals

Thank you for answering this survey to help us identify problems and barriers to effective communication supports. It will also give us information we can use in our advocacy efforts to educate the community, professionals, and officials about the rights to access communication supports for people with disabilities.

For this survey, "communication supports" means all aspects of a communications system that helps a person with a disability communicate. This could include Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and assistive technologies (AT). Communication supports could be equipment, such as a letterboard, iPad, smart phone, DynaVox, JAWS, and PECs. It also consists of services, such as sign language interpreters and communication partners. It can also include communication methods, such as gestures, facilitated communication, Rapid Prompting Method, sign language, braille, and others. This survey will also cover the need for assessments, training, and ongoing supervision.

There are three versions of this survey:
1) For people with disabilities who need communication supports
2) For family members of a person with a disability, and
3) For professionals (direct care providers, agency service providers, speech therapists, educators, etc.) who serve people with disabilities

This version is for professionals who serve people with disabilities who need communication supports. If you are a person with a disability or family member, please return to the invitation email and click on the appropriate version.

This survey is conducted for the Communication Disabilities Access Network, which is led by Disability Voices United and Disability Rights California and is funded by Ability Central Philanthropy.