Friday Announcements – 6 September 2019

Friday Announcements – 6 September 2019

1. Teaching Assistant For A Six Year Old AAC User In North Yorkshire
2. Level 1 Award in Mentoring
3. EyeControl is searching for a UK Marketing Product Specialist to join our amazing team and we’ll be scheduling interviews for early September!

News from CM:
4. CM2019 Full Programme is available to download
5. Where Next for People with Cognitive Disabilities & Electronic Assistive Technology? Study Day
6. CM2019 International AAC Conference – Register Now
7. Office Closure and Reduced Opening Hours
8. About Friday Announcements

1. Teaching Assistant For A Six Year Old AAC User In North Yorkshire

From Danny Lim:

We are looking for a teaching assistant/ support worker for a cheerful, bright & energetic six year old boy in Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire. The client has cerebral palsy with physical and communication difficulties. The client’s family is passionate about education and AAC. They would like additional support for their son in mainstream school and home.

The job is part-time, one day a weekend (Saturday or Sunday), and two weekdays a week (either Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday). Ideally this is for eight hours each day, but hours are negotiable and a 2pm finish is possible. During term time, the successful candidate will support the client in school. During school holidays, the work is at home with the family.

Pay is at £15 an hour. If the applicant lives more than 30 minutes away, mileage will be reimbursed.

Your role will be to:

  • Support the client in school as their teaching assistant, actively developing their communication, social interaction and academic development.
  • Support the child and family at home (weekends and holidays) and on their days out. The child is mobile independently but still needs support with feeding and changing.
  • The child uses AAC (communicates with an ipad) and you will be expected to support the development of his language skills. Previous AAC experience is not essential and training will be provided for the successful applicant.
  • You will be expected to help develop the child’s literacy, learning and mathematics at home, in line with the KS1 curriculum. The child attends mainstream school and parents place a high emphasis on education.

You must be:

  • Interested in working with children with special needs and education.
  • Be hard-working and learn fast.
  • Have a car and valid driver’s licence.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years experience in childcare, education or caregiving.

No special education needs or AAC experience is required, though this is highly desirable. Prior qualifications or experience in a school setting is also highly desired .

After a probationary period, the successful applicant will be offered a contract, including annual leave. Mandatory training and personal liability insurance will be provided. We are recruiting for a permanent position.

Job Types: Part-time, Contract, Permanent

Salary: £15.00 /hour

For more information please contact: Danny Lim 07846 226 751 or email


2. Level 1 Award in Mentoring

From Verity Elliott, Creativity in Practice Ltd:

Qualification aim: This qualification provides learners with an understanding of the role of a mentor and an awareness of the skills needed to become an effective mentor

Qualification structure: The course is delivered over four days, one day a week and includes:

Unit 01 Role of a mentor: Understand the role of a mentor, the reasons for an agreement between the mentor and how to identify the support available to a mentor
Unit 02 Preparing for the role of a mentor: Understand key factors relating to mentoring, be aware of the main tools used by mentors and how to develop the skills to become a mentor
Unit 03 Demonstrating mentoring skills and techniques: Prepare for a mentoring meeting, undertake an observed mentoring meeting and review own performance as a mentor

Expected Completion Time: Within 4 months

Minimum Entry Age: 16 years+ up to 26 years – based on initial assessment (please contact Verity for more information)
Credit Value: 6

There are four taught days:
12th and 19th September
3rd and 10th October

Please aim to attend all four session and bring your own lunch

VENUE: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

For more information please contact: Verity Elliott 07891959048 or email

3. EyeControl is searching for a UK Marketing Product Specialist to join our amazing team and we’ll be scheduling interviews for early September!

From Tania Suares, EyeControl:

Please be sure to send us your CVs and cover letters; the full job description can be found on our website.

Interested candidates should have a minimum of three years field experience, preferably in assistive technology. Applications and inquiries should be sent to

4. CM2019 Full Programme Now Available

The full programme is available to download here!

5. Where Next for People with Cognitive Disabilities & Electronic Assistive Technology? Study Day

Communication Matters, in collaboration with The Children’s Trust, is delighted to present a new Study Day. The aim of this Study Day is to start a national discussion on how we can better assess and provide Electronic Assistive Technology for people with more significant learning disabilities.

It is easy to underestimate the importance of controlling a single function, or a small number of functions, but this can enable a person to experience increased independence, which they may not have in any other area of their life. The importance of developing the use of Electronic Assistive Technology with this group of people was highlighted in the Mansell report 2010 (

This Study Day is about promoting access to ‘Independent Control’ as an area which requires exploration and, ultimately, national guidance. We would like to invite you to join us to start these discussions. The morning will comprise of presentations setting the scene and we will split into groups in the afternoon to discuss topics such as current best practice, guidance required, appropriate equipment (and what is missing).

Date: Friday 29th November 2019
Venue: Irwin Mitchell, 40 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1N 2PZ

Who is the study day aimed at?

The whole team!

  • Parents and other family members
  • Staff from both mainstream schools and specialist provision
  • Health professionals including Speech and Language Therapists

Costs: £65 for CM members, £75 for non-members and £40 for family members of AAC users

Visit our website for further details and to download a flyer! Booking opens soon.

6. CM2019 International AAC Conference – Register Now

The Communication Matters 2019 International AAC Conference (8-10 September) will be held again this year at the University of Leeds. Integral to the conference is the supplier exhibition and a diverse programme of plenaries, presentations and posters. *New for 2019 is the opportunity to see two sessions of Lightning Talks!*

Residential accommodation will be in modern student residences, which is at the centre of the pedestrianised campus. The transport links to Leeds are very good, with a nearby airport and train station.

You can see prices of registration here – and you can book online on this link too.

Keynote Speakers: CM is thrilled to announce Professor Karen Erickson will deliver the keynote address. Karen is the Director of the Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her current research addresses literacy and communication for students with significant disabilities, including complex communication needs. If you work in this field you’ll definitely want to hear Karen’s presentation! Winner of the 2018 Alan Martin Award, ‘The Shouting Mute’, a performance poet and artist, is presenting the plenary address where AAC users will also have the opportunity to take part in his poetry workshop!

Theme: Strictly Come Dancing is back on 7th September just in time for the CM2019 Conference, which will be “Strictly AAC” – an opportunity to present or attend sessions that are strictly about AAC with the chance to bring out all your glitz & glamour for the conference dinner and disco.

7. Office Closure and Reduced Opening Hours

Please note that the office will be closed from 9th – 13th September during and following our Annual AAC Conference. We will re-open on Monday 16th September with reduced hours that week (9am-1pm Mon-Thurs and 9am-2pm on Friday). We will then resume normal office hours the week commencing Monday 23rd September. Thank you for bearing with us during this time.


8. About Friday Announcements

These ‘Friday Announcements’ comprise weekly product updates, upcoming courses and supplier news.

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