The NRS is an Australia-wide telephone access service provided for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. It is also available to anyone who wants to call a person with a hearing or speech impairment.
SWITC is an acronym for "Support with Interpreting, Translating and Communication"
The service is an initiative of Disability Services Queensland and aims to address the diverse communication needs of people accessing disability specific services.
The SWITC program offers support to people who are:
• Deaf or hard of hearing who use sign language as their primary mode of communication • Blind or visually impaired who use Braille for written communication • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander • People from a culturally and linguistically diverse background including South Sea Islanders.
Non-Government Organisations (NGO's) who have programs funded by Disability Services Queensland can use SWITC to enable their services to become accessible through the use of translators and interpreters.