Communication Rights Australia was formed in 1980 and incorporated in 1982 as a self-help group by a sector of the speech-impaired community. It was called Board Users Group and was developed in response to the inequalities that existed and were relevant to that group.
In 1984 it was renamed Communication Aid User Society but confusion arose with people believing that only those who used devices could access the service.
In 1999 the term 'CAUS' was incorporated into a new logo. During this time it evolved from a self-help group with specific issues to a state wide, non-profit organisation funded by the Victorian Department of Human Services, Philanthropic Trusts and donations.
The core activities of advocacy and specialist information are provided to support and enhance the lives of people with little or no speech. Our response is geared to addressing the barriers which prevent people accessing their rights.
The final name change to Communication Rights Australia came into existence in 2000 after research from the membership identified that the name better reflected the values and activities of the agency.
Mission and Vision
Communication Rights will continue to strive for a world free of discrimination for the people we represent. Communication Rights Australia is a quality specialist human rights information and advocacy service for people with little or no speech.
Communication Rights Australia values human rights, draws from state, federal and international human rights legislation, focusing on the rights of people with little or no speech living in Victoria.