Friday Announcements – 12 April 2024

1. 50% off Grid for iPad by Smartbox
2. Recruiting Clinical Assistive Communication Specialist
3. Free Voice Banking Training with SpeakUnique
4. Free Webinar: “Empowering Communication: Makaton in Medical Appointments”
5. Band 6 Occupational Therapy Vacancy Within Access to Communication & Technology

News from Communication Matters:

6. CM2024 – Call for Papers – 1 Week to Go!
7. CM2024 International AAC Conference – Registration Now Open!
8. Glasgow AAC Information Day – Register Now!
9. About Friday Announcements

1. 50% off Grid for iPad by Smartbox

From Natasha Roberts, Smartbox Assistive Technology Ltd:

We’re celebrating Autism Acceptance Month with a limited-time 50% discount on Grid for iPad. This offer will be running from 15-21 April 2024, to help make our iOS app accessible to more individuals, families and schools.

More details here: 50% off Grid for iPad – Smartbox (


2. Recruiting Clinical Assistive Communication Specialist

From Alice Langley, Tobii Dynavox:

Join Tobii Dynavox in our mission to empower people with communication and movement difficulties to express themselves and pursue independence. We’re looking for a Clinical Assistive Communication Specialist to join our team based in Stockholm, where you’ll play a crucial part in driving the development of our assistive communication solutions and collaborating with global teams.

As a Clinical Assistive Communication Specialist, you’ll lead user testing sessions, provide clinical and user insights to support our global community of users and internal stakeholders, fostering close collaboration with market units and product development teams. We welcome professionals who are from and actively involved in Speech and Language Therapy or related fields with experience equivalent of 5 years of practice with clients/patients and in implementing Augmentative Communication systems.

If you’re passionate about making a difference and thrive in a changing and growing environment, we encourage you to apply. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions and submit your application through our website. We look forward to welcoming you to Tobii Dynavox!

For more information, please follow this link Careers (


3. Free Voice Banking Training with SpeakUnique

From Alice Smith, SpeakUnique:

SpeakUnique, who create personalised synthetic voices for AAC users, are offering free training webinars for professionals, to learn more about voice banking.

Join one of our monthly sessions with Lynda, our in-house Speech and Language Therapist, to learn more about how our services work and also create your own voice for free, to demo to your clients! Our next session is 10am on Wednesday 24 April.

We currently offer three different voice banking services, catering to people with a variety of speech needs – including people with impaired and unintelligible speech. Our services have been used by people living with a range of neurodegenerative conditions, head & neck cancers, autism and cerebral palsy, so these sessions are suitable for people working in a range of different sectors!

For more information and to register your place, please click here.


4. Free Webinar: “Empowering Communication: Makaton in Medical Appointments”

From Natalie Applewhaite-Morgan, The Makaton Charity:

Join our free webinar, “Empowering Communication: Makaton in Medical Appointments” and explore how Makaton can facilitate effective communication in healthcare, reducing anxiety and frustration.

6.00pm – 7.00pm, Tuesday 16 April 2024.

Learn essential signs for GP surgeries, dental chairs, and hospitals and hear heartwarming stories of Makaton’s impact in medical practice through real-life cases.

This inclusive event promotes communication and empowerment, welcoming all and is free to attend so please spread the word to medical professionals, parents, and caregivers.

Gain inspiration and knowledge to unlock Makaton’s potential in healthcare, fostering a more compassionate environment.

FREE. All can attend. Online via Zoom. Register Here:


5. Band 6 Occupational Therapy Vacancy Within Access to Communication & Technology

From Julie Atkinson, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust:

Following the internal promotion of a Band 6 OT within ACT, we have a resulting vacancy for a Band 6 Occupational Therapist to join the OT team at Access to Communication & Technology (ACT). We are a specialist Electronic Assistive Technology (EAT) service commissioned by NHS England, covering the West Midlands region. ACT are a friendly, enthusiastic, and supportive team who work collaboratively.

We would not expect you to come with experience in AAC and or EC but to have significant experience post qualification within at least one of these areas:

  • Paediatrics
  • People with Neurological Conditions
  • People with Learning Disabilities

You would be expected to develop the required knowledge, experience and skills in assistive technology through a period of supported experience and training in the role.

For further information about this post, please ring Joanne Cartwright, OT/ACT Service Lead or Lisa Price, Lead OT (AAC) on 0121 466 3050.

Job description and to apply, see:!/job/v6158048

Closing date: 19 April 2024 at 23:59. Interview date: Friday 26 April 2024.


6. CM2024 – Call for Papers – 1 Week to Go!

The deadline for submissions to the Communication Matters International AAC Conference 2024 is 19 April. You are invited to contribute!

Presentations should be relevant to the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and where possible promote the positive role of AAC in the empowerment of the people who use it. This year, we particularly welcome presentations regarding neurodiversity and adults using AAC.

We are open to presentations from all in the AAC community including professionals and supporters and we especially encourage contributions from AAC users and family members.

We have based our topic areas for the presentations on the three aspects of evidence-based practice which represent improved outcomes for all.

These aspects are:

  • Best Research Evidence: Papers submitted under this heading are carried out by independent organisations such as education, social or health services and universities. Authors should pay particular attention to describing the methodology and results of the study.
  • Clinical and Professional Service Delivery: Papers submitted under this heading may include service development, audit or implementation projects, as well as practice reports. Typically, these papers will be presented by those providing a service for AAC users.
  • Personal Stories and Case Studies: Papers submitted under this heading would include personal experience stories, single case studies and examples of AAC in the wider community.

Papers can be submitted as either a Platform presentation (45-minutes), Workshop presentation (45-minutes), a Poster, or a Lightning Talk (6.25 minutes or 12.5 minutes for AAC users).

We are using an online submission programme called Aventri. You will be asked to create an account, login and submit a simple form with a title and an abstract (a short summary) about your talk (maximum 300 words).

The deadline is in just one week on 19th April!

Further information can be found on our website:

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity, please email [email protected].


7. CM2024 International AAC Conference – Registration Now Open!

The Communication Matters International AAC Conference will take place at the University of Leeds from 8-10 September 2024.

Over the course of two and a half days, participants will enjoy a diverse programme of keynotes, plenaries, presentations, posters and talks from AAC supplier companies.

The conference provides a unique forum to meet and exchange information with representatives from all disciplines associated with AAC, including AAC users, parents, personal assistants, professionals, and suppliers of AAC equipment. Communication Matters encourages and supports AAC users to attend.

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.

Registration is now open! Book early to take advantage of the Early Bird discount which expires on 12 July. See prices and book online here.


8. Glasgow AAC Information Day – Register Now!

This AAC Information Day is a product demonstration day supported and presented by our Commercial Members from the UK’s leading suppliers of communication aids, equipment, software and symbol systems.

The day consists of five sessions which provide information and offer up-to-date knowledge on the range of AAC products available in the UK. There will also be an exhibition period where you can try out products.

Date: Wednesday 1 May 2024.
Venue: Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Beardmore Street, Clydebank, Glasgow, G81 4SA.
Cost: FREE to attend! Lunch & refreshments are provided.

To find out which suppliers are attending, please visit our website by clicking on the links below:

Places are limited, so do register now to secure your attendance!


9. About Friday Announcements

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