The Communicative Disorders Assistant program has been offered as post graduate certificate for 28 years. CDAs continue to work towards recognition within the Audiology, Speech and Language community. CDAAC was created in 1996, and from the beginning we have envisioned and enabled a supportive network of CDAs across the country. Our network is growing – join us.

The CDAAC Mission

Our mission is to:

  • Unite members of the profession and protect the character and status of the profession

  • Maintain and improve the qualifications and standards of the profession

  • Represent the members in their relationships with organizations relating to the profession

  • Provide the public with information regarding the profession

  • Provide support and share information for the mutual benefit of members

The CDAAC Mandate

Our mandate is to:

  • Represent, promote and support CDAs

  • Ensure members adhere to CDAAC Code of Ethics

  • Provide ongoing education and assistance with professional issues

  • Maintain standards of the association

  • Provide information regarding the profession and membership

  • Offer informational resources, yearly conferences, website, position statements, CDA-specific scope documents and promotional materials

What is a CDA?

A Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) has received a postgraduate certificate from one of four college programs recognized officially by CDAAC. CDAs can work within a multi-disciplinary team under the supervision of Speech-Language Pathologists (S-LPs) or Audiologists (AUDs) to perform hearing and speech-language screenings, implement therapy, document therapy outcomes, prepare and create materials, and perform routine maintenance on clinical equipment. Although goal setting and assessing are not within the scope of our scope of work, CDAs work with S-LPs and AUDs to adjust therapy goals as needed.

CDAAC Values

The Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada (CDAAC) is an organization whose members consist of Communicative Disorders Assistants (CDAs). Members must have completed an approved program and are expected to adhere to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the Association. We are committed to supporting excellence in Communicative Disorders Assistant practice and professional growth of all members.

Why do we do what we do?

The cornerstone of all human connection is communication. More than the basic giving and receiving of clear messages, our profession allows us the opportunity to help others in their quest to share and understand thoughts, feelings, and ideas. What makes our work rewarding is the positive way we are able to impact the lives of others each and every day.

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“The level of communication you can achieve with an infant is really profound.”
Mayim Bialik

“True creativity often starts where language ends.”

Arthur Koestler

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Mark Twain
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