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DfE AAC Grants Project

The Future of AAC Services in England: A framework for equitable and effective commissioning

The findings of DfE-funded AAC Grants 2012 -2013
The future of AAC services in England

This publication reports on the outcomes of Department for Education (DfE) funding provided to develop proposals for a model of AAC service provision for the future. The grants were to support organisations’ transition to new commissioning arrangements, and to help move provision incrementally towards the model of regional hubs and specialist expertise. 

Four regions - North, London, Midlands and East, and South - collaborated on eight key objectives, to enable commissioners and commissioned service providers to start working quickly and effectively to reduce inequity and improve service delivery across the country from April 2013.

Resources and appendices linked to the publication are given below.

National AAC Dissemination Seminars

A number of National AAC Dissemination seminars took place in April 2013, hosted jointly by the DfE and Communication Matters. The presentations from these seminars are available:

Objective 2: Mapping AAC Services

Services providing AAC at a local or universal (statutory) level weremapped. Data were gathered from over 260 services. Visualisations of this data are available to view - these allow you to explore the data yourself. A raw, annonymous, data set is also available to download.

   Service makeup  Service makeup by region

   Service mapping   Service mapping

Objective 3: Best Practice Guidelines for AAC

The Best Practice Guidelines are intended to ensure consistency of practice and standards nationally and universal access to supportive resources. They provide a practical support, to help existing and new, local and regional teams, identify the skills and resources needed to support people accessing their service. For those using the AAC services it explains what they should expect to be receiving from a local and regional AAC service. It is also a guide to commissioners to help ensure they are commissioning a service that is using best practice.

Click on the links below to download the resources developed for this objective:


Objective 7: Remote Delivery of AAC Services

This objective looked at using remote access and video conferencing as additional means of delivering AAC services. Traditionally AAC services have been delivered face to face, either in designated centres or in homes or schools. This objective showed that it is possible to remotely deliver some parts of services to some client groups in a cost effective manner without compromising quality. 

Click on the links below to download the resources developed for this objective. You can to read the literature review that was carried out and find out the results of the survey. You can also download and use the Evaluation Tool to help you choose the right software or hardware to meet your remote access needs. You will also find an information pack to help you design the paperwork needed to use videoconferencing or remote access in your service.