Adapted by Communication Disabilities Access Canada with permission from CommunicationFirst: Patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus) who need communication tools and supports due to speech-related disabilities face greater risks of discrimination and isolation during this pandemic. For example, for safety reasons, your family members and others who help you communicate may not be allowed to join you in the hospital. You also may face other barriers to communicating your needs and desires while you are being treated. 
Your Rights: It is important for you to know that your legal and civil rights to access your communication supports do not go away during an emergency, in quarantine, or in the hospital. This Toolkit:
  • Explains your communication rights
  • provides tips on advocating for them, and
  • has an accommodation request form you can bring to the hospital