TalkLink is a specialist assessment service that aims to identify assistive technology options to help with speaking, writing, learning and controlling the environment.
The service also prepares funding applications (where applicable) for clients to be provided with their own equipment and to provide training in the use of the equipment.
Anybody who has a disability and has difficulty communicating through speaking, writing, learning and/or controlling their environment can use the service.
We are a national organisation with offices in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
Assistive Technology Alliance of NZ (ATANZ), New Zealand Speech Language Therapy Association, Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand
Equipment Modification Service Accreditation in the area of Communication Assistive Technology – Level 1 and 2
How are we Deaf friendly?
We are Deaf friendly in that we aim to present information in visual ways.
We are connected to the Deaf community by having a Deaf staff member who is an invaluable member of the team. She provides us with training on NZSL and advice in how to best engage with Deaf clients and the community.
Our therapists use some NZSL and Makaton sign during their work and as part of their recommendations to clients and teams.
We work with a variety of clients who are Deaf or have varying degrees of hearing impairments as well as other co-occurring conditions such as vision, speech, motor and cognitive impairments.