REHA 3045 Communication Access in Communities

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401425

Coordinator Areej Asad Opens in new window

Description This subject will introduce the concept of 'Communication access for All' and focus on strategies to create communication accessible environments that promote inclusion of individuals with communication support needs across the lifespan. The scope of the subject will encompass the features of communication accessible environments, multimodal communication methods, assistive technology, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Students in Speech Pathology will develop competency in the assessment, management, measurement, and support of complex communication in individuals across the lifespan, and will explore how capacity building models and strategies can enhance the activities and participation of individuals, families and communities.

School Health Sciences

Discipline Speech Pathology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) REHA 2019 AND
REHA 2020


Students must be enrolled in 4763 Bachelor of Speech Pathology, 4764 Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), or 4788 Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Assumed Knowledge

In order to successfully undertake this subject students are expected to understand multimodal communication methods and individual, family focused and community-based models of providing services.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Justify the concept of Communication Access by integrating the perspectives and experiences of individuals, families and communities.
  2. Design a strategy to promote communication accessible environments within a local context, using a Community Capacity Building framework.
  3. Plan and justify areas of Speech Pathology assessment for an individual with complex communication needs
  4. Analyse, interpret, and integrate assessment information to diagnose the nature of an individual�fs complex communications needs and develop functional communication goals
  5. Formulate and evaluate speech pathology management plans which include evidence-based

Subject Content

- communication access
- communication Accessible environments
- Accessible written information ? plain English, Easy English, patient Friendly
- Models of community capacity Building and Advocacy
- assessment and Diagnosis of complex communication needs / communication support needs
- strategie


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Applied Project 1,000 word equivalent 30 N Group
Case Study 2,500 words 40 Y Individual
Practical 20 mins 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Beukelman, D., & Mirenda, P. (2013). Augmentative & alternative communication: Supporting children and adults with complex communication needs (4th ed.). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Pub.

Teaching Periods

Spring (2023)



Subject Contact Belinda Kenny Opens in new window

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Spring (2024)



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