CAYA News 2011

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Temporary Change to CAYA Equipment Loan Operations

As of the end of October 2011, the equipment budget for CAYA has been exhausted.

This is due to the following factors:

  • the expansion of eligibility to all adults age 19 years and older has resulted in the anticipated significant increase in client applications, caseloads, and wait lists, as predicted in the comprehensive business plan submitted to the Ministry in June 2010.
  • the funding level for CAYA has not been increased since the 2008 fiscal year, when the eligibility age range was 19 – 35 years.
  • the frontloading of client assessments during the fiscally lean year of 2010-2011, resulting in a backlog of client technology requirements addressed in the 2011-2012 year.
Staff will be able to continue assessments, implementation support and the creation of lite tech systems. In the interim there will be no new long-term client equipment loans. Devices will be available for short-term assessment only until further notice.

CAYA and the Government of BC are continuing to work together to improve the situation in the next fiscal year and for the long term. Please check back here for further developments.

Kilometres for Communication

Skye Wattie is a young man cycling across Canada in order to raise awareness of and funds for people who use AAC systems to communicate. Check out his daily blog here:


Renewed One-time grant

On April 1st, 2011, CAYA received an additional one-time grant of $1,650,000 from the Ministry of Social Development to continue to provide communication devices and services to people with complex communication disabilities in BC for the 2011-2012 year. This funding will enable CAYA to operate for the following year. The ministry has committed to working with the community and CAYA to develop cost effective and sustainable services for British Columbians with disabilities.

CAYA’s current funding grant will expire on March 31, 2012

CAYA’s current funding grant will expire in March 2012. CAYA supports people who cannot speak and gives them the technology and services they need to communicate in their lives. The problem with people who cannot speak is that they are often hard to hear and easy to forget. If you would like to make sure that the voices of people who cannot speak continue to be heard across BC and not forgotten, the best way to make your presence known is to write to your government and tell them why CAYA is important to you. Please contact us for more information at
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