ISAAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) is a worldwide organisation that focuses on the needs of people with complex communication needs who may benefit from AAC systems to maximise their opportunities and enhance their life.

ISAAC is recognised by the United Nations as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation), and has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. ISAAC began in 1983 and now has thousands of members in 50 countries. 15 of these countries have national ISAAC groups called ‘chapters’ which are co-ordinated by a Secretariat based in Canada. Communication Matters is one of its most active chapters. ISAAC publishes its own AAC Journal and organises a biennial conference. Visit ISAAC’s website.

Communication Matters is the UK Chapter of ISAAC. All members of Communication Matters automatically become members of ISAAC, and so become part of an international community of people interested in promoting AAC. ISAAC members are entitled to:

  • Receive electronic copies of ISAAC news bulletins
  • Reduced subscriptions to ISAAC journals & publications
  • Reduced registration fees to attend the ISAAC Biennial International Conference

ISAAC’s Biennial Conference

It is to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gold Coast, Mexico 3-6 August 2020

ISAAC’s Governance Handbook

available online; it specifies the bylaws, procedures, responsibilities, and processes followed in the governance and management of ISAAC.

ISAAC have suggested that those who wish to communicate with them via an ‘NHS’ email account may wish to provide a non-NHS alternative email address to allow them to respond as there have been problems due to NHS email blocking filters.

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