Scope’s Non- Electronic Communication Aid Service (NECAS) provides funded non-electronic communication aids to adults in Victoria. A variety of communication aids are available through NECAS including communication books, picture based timetables, community request cards and many more.

Examples of communication aids available through the NECAS program.

Examples of communication aids available through the NECAS program.

In February this year, we were on the road again spreading the news and sharing our resources.

NECAS Speech Pathologist, Clara Navaretti travelled to regional Victoria, hosting two open days with the Communication Access Network’s  Loddon-Mallee Regional Communication Services. Working  with speech pathologists’ Emma Douglass and Sharon Champion, from CAN’s partners in community health, more than 25 people in the local community attended the free open days in Mildura and Swan Hill.

Anyone who knows the person needing the communication aid can apply to the scheme, so the event attracted a wide audience. Speech pathologists, residential and day centre support staff, occupational therapists, teachers and council staff were among the group that came to hear about NECAS.

They learned how to apply for these free communication aids for the people they support, and the types of aids that are available. Participants were able to get hands on experience and talk through the individual considerations with a speech pathologist. This enables them to make the right decision about the many options available.

The NECAS open days also featured in the local press, not once – but twice!

Sunraysia Daily said “Mildura health professionals now have the tools and knowledge to reach out and better support people in the community with speech and communication problems.”

The Guardian in Swan Hill confirmed that the purpose of the visit was to ensure residents are aware of the many aids that are free and available to adults who experience communication difficulties.

Author Clara Nacaretti with fellow speech pathologists and attendees of the Scope NECAS information session in Swan Hill. Photo: The Guardian

Author Clara Navaretti with fellow speech pathologists and attendees of the Scope NECAS information session in Swan Hill.                                                           Photo: The Guardian.

NECAS runs several open days and workshops per year and will continue to go “on the road” in the future. This is the best way to reach new audiences and spread the word about the funding that exists to provide high quality, individualised communication aids.

If you would like more information on any of the communication aids NECAS provide, or would be interested in attending an Open Day in your region, please contact CIRC on 03 9843 2000 or circ@scopeaust.org.au