The NDIS has been working to make sure more people can successfully communicate at the NDIS offices in the Barwon region of Victoria.

In April 2016, the Barwon NDIS Geelong and Colac offices became the first NDIS offices in Australia to be awarded the Communication Access Symbol®.

As part of this process, the NDIA has developed a set of communication boards in consultation with Scope. Individuals with communication difficulties can use these boards to get their message across to NDIS staff.

The communication boards that are now available at every NDIS office are:

Reception boards

Three communication boards are available at reception are:

  • A Picture BoardNDIA-reception- picture board 1
  • A Sentence Board
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  • A Spelling Board
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Becoming a participant boards

Three communication boards have been developed to help NDIS staff and people who have communication difficulties communicate about becoming a participant. There is a:

  • A Picture Board
    NDIA-becoming a participant picture board
  • A Sentence Board
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  • A Spelling Board
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Video: Communicating at the NDIS

The NDIA and Scope have developed this 2 minute video featuring the communication boards people can find at their local NDIS office. Watch the video here:

This video has been live for under a week – and already has over 3,800 views and a lot of positive comments on Facebook:

ccnb community carejill langtreeThe Geelong and Colac NDIS offices join over 150+ communication accessible places in Victoria! Check out the Directory of Communication Accessible Places to see if any businesses are near you.

For more information about the Communication Access Symbol® or to organise an assessment of your business, contact your Regional Communication Service.

Alternatively, you can contact the Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre:

Phone: 03 9843 2000  Email: circ@scopeaust.org.au