“Little or no speech but plenty to say”

I NEED AN ADVOCATE

If you or someone you know has a communication disability, our advocates can help you address situations where your human rights are being infringed upon.

RESOURCES & INFO

Search our extensive database of information including statistics, definitions, helpful organisations and fact sheets.

SUPPORT COORDINATION

If you have Support Coordination included in your NDIS plan, our Support Coordinators can help you achieve the most out of your plan and help connect you to services you choose.

ABOUT US

Communication Rights Australia is the leading human rights information and advocacy organisation for people with a disability, prioritising those with communication support needs. We are the only advocacy and information service within Australia that gives priority to people who have little or no speech. Our services are designed to break down barriers and remove discrimination through individual and systemic advocacy, information on human rights, including rights around communication, and community education and outreach. Read more about us here.

1.2 MILLION

Australians are living with a communication disability right now.

59% INCREASE

in the number of people with communication disability between 2003 and 2015.

13,000 AUSSIES

use electronic communication devices to help them communicate.

50% OF PEOPLE

who need formal assistance with communication – don’t have it.

OUR IMPACT

The number of people with CSN that we advocate for each year

Average hours spent on each advocacy case

Australians with CSN will require advocacy at some stage

OUR VALUES

With respect, integrity and collaboration, we empower individuals to be heard.

OUR VISION

Equality and inclusion of people with disabilities including those with communication support needs.

OUR MISSION

To uphold the human rights of people with communication support needs. Actively committed to breaking down barriers to inclusion for people with a disability, we aim for a world free of discrimination where people with a disability are heard and treated with dignity.

HUMAN RIGHTS FRAMEWORK

Our services are based on the human rights framework whereby every person regardless of their background, beliefs, sexual orientation, lifestyle, job, disability, location and appearance, is entitled to certain fundamental rights. They are designed to protect people from harm, and help societies to live in peace universally.

READ THEIR STORIES

empowering and inspiring

MEET LEON


Leon* was being abused, excluded and not given the individual adjustments he needed at school to enable him to communicate or to learn. Read his story here…

MEET BENJAMIN


Benjamin* was a four-year old with Pragmatic Language Disorder who was not being adequately supported during his time at kinder. Read his story here…

MEET ANNA


Anna* was a woman with multiple complex disabilities including Rett Syndrome and spastic quadriplegia, facing a traumatic transition to the NDIS. Read her story here…

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