Scope provides these resources for eligible adults, through NECAS, for free. The scheme funds communication aids such as communication boards and books, community request cards, personal histories, activity schedules and many more. See examples of the types of communication aids we make.
What is the Non-electronic Communication Aid Scheme?
NECAS provides a range of non-electronic communication aids to adults who have communication difficulties. It aims to help people with a disability to successfully communicate.
NECAS is a service provided by Scope that is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
As the NECAS provider, we support you with:
- Information and advice
- Individualised non-electronic communication aids
Please read our handout ‘How to Design a Communication Aid’ for things to consider when ordering or making a communication aid.
Who can access the Non-Electronic Communication Aid Scheme?
You may be able to access NECAS if you meet the following criteria:
- Are an adult aged 18 and over
- Have communication difficulties
- Have permanent or long term disability
- Live in Victoria
If you need a communication assessment, contact your local Speech Pathologist through the Communication Access Network (CAN).
If you are a participant in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) you are not eligible for NECAS. You can access funding for non-electronic communication aids through your NDIS plan. Complete the online form and we can provide you with a quote that you can give to your planner.
How can I apply?
Alternatively you can download a copy of the NECAS application form and return it to Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre.
Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre
Level 2, 302 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Fax: 03 9843 2033
What if I am not eligible for NECAS?
If you are under 18 years of age and live in Victoria, you may be able to access Kids Chat.
Kids Chat provides individualised non-electronic communication aids to children with complex communication needs in Victoria. Please visit our Kids Chat page for more information, to check eligibility or to apply.
If you are a participant in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), you are not eligible for NECAS or Kids Chat. You can access funding for non-electronic communication aids through your NDIS individual support plan, or other funding package. Please refer to our brochure ‘NDIS & Your Communication Aids’ for more information.
We can provide you with a quote for your communication aid, which you can give to your planner or package facilitator – please complete our ‘Request a Quote’ form. Please also read our handout ‘How to Design a Communication Aid’ for things to consider when requesting a quote for a communication aid.
There is also a range of communication products and resources available in the Scope Shop.
For more information
Contact the Communication Inclusion and Resource Centre:
Phone: 03 9843 2000
As a Speech Pathologist working with clients’ at home or in their rural Victorian communities, I am thankful for NECAS’s support. NECAS has supported my clients’ journey with regards to their communication difficulties and provided them with that ‘link of hope’ through their grieving and healing process, assisting individuals and their carers to continue to have alternative options for communication and life participation.
— Mary, Speech Pathologist