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Communication education

Communication education refers to the teaching of sign language or communication methods that support or replace speech, or instruction and guidance in the use of communication aids.

Communication education aims to ensure that the disabled person has a way of communicating with their close friends and relatives. Communication education can be granted in a situation where a person needs an alternative communication method to replace or support speech in everyday situations. Communication education does not replace speech therapy or guidance by a speech therapist, or the communication aid assessment that is part of medicinal rehabilitation.

Communication education is organised as adaptation coaching based on the Disability Services Act. It can be organised as family coaching, group coaching, or distance learning.
Communication education can be applied for through the disability services. A recommendation and medical case summary or other statement on the applicant's ability to function must be appended to the application.


Communication education can be granted in the following cases:
- to people with hearing disabilities or hearing and visual disabilities
- to people with speech impediments
- to the close friends or relative of these people.

The service is only for citizens of Helsinki.

Available languages:

Finnish, Swedish

Related service points and contact information:


The Social Services, Health Care and Rescue Services Division

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