What the Anne McDonald Centre Does
In Victoria, the Anne McDonald Centre provides augmentative communication services to any Victorian, regardless of age or diagnosis, who cannot speak (or cannot speak intelligibly) and who can attend the centre.
If you want to print out a brief account of our services and contact details, go to our brochure.
At the Anne McDonald Centre
- we assess each client's communication needs and abilities.
- we try to find the most empowering means of communication for people who have little or no speech and no alternative means of communication.
- we give people who have only a limited means of communication (a symbol board or a few manual signs, say) a chance to try out more powerful alternatives, such as speech synthesisers.
- we help parents, therapists, caregivers and teachers discover the communication possibilities of people in their care, and where necessary we teach them to use non-speech communication methods (including Facilitated Communication Training when it's appropriate).
- we establish training programs to improve clients' skills.
- we loan communication aids so that people can practice their skills and make informed decisions about selecting equipment. (Victorian residents with little or no speech are entitled to government funded communication aids.)
Our staff visit Melbourne schools, adult day programs, and nursing homes and make regular visits to some Victorian country centres. If you make special arrangements, our staff can also visit facilities interstate.
We assist Victorians to obtain free electronic communication devices up to a value of $7,000 through the government-funded Aids and Equipment Program.
We delivers seminars and workshops on aspects of augmentative communication at tertiary institutions, schools and centres - just ask us.