Early this month, our member Diakonie Austria launched a campaign to enhance supported communication and technical aid for persons affected by speech disorders.

The campaign #RechtAufKommunikation (“Right to communicate”) was launched on the occasion of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities. It is run by Diakonie Austria together with the partner organisations VERBUND and LIFEtool.

As part of the VERBUND Empowerment Fund of Diakonie, – explains Michael Chalupka, Director of Diakonie Austria – VERBUND has been supporting people who need assistive technologies for almost 10 years. At the moment, however, people affected by speech disorders still have to obtain legal right and uniform financial assistance. Moreover, bureaucracy is as heavy as 10 years ago.

The campaign, which is expected to address about 250,000 people with speech disorders and their relatives, wants to draw the attention on 3 key points:

  • Legal entitlement to assistive technologies and communicative aid, in particular for social rehabilitation aid
  • Launch of a “one-stop-shop” for people in need
  • Update of the 1994 catalog, that offers technical assistance for people with disability or illness.

The proposals for such measures – concludes Chalupka – have been on the table for years. It is now time for these improvements to be finally implemented for the approximately 63,000 people in Austria who haven’t been assisted so far. Nobody should be speechless! The right to communication applies to all“.


To know more about this project, please read Diakonie Austria news.