Friday Announcements – 22nd May 2020

Friday Announcements – 22nd May  2020

  1. Easy -Read Online –New rules on Staying Alert and Safe 
  2. Information fromSpecialised AAC and EC Services in England
  3. Telehealth Guidancefor Speech and Language therapists and useful to others
  4. An Opportunity for a Chat with other AAC Users
  5. About Friday Announcements
  1. Easy -Read Online – New rules on Staying Alert and Safe 

From:Easy – Read Online Ltd:

A new leaflet is available to download which gives guidance on the Government’s new advice on the 11th May 2020 in an easy read format.

  1. Information from Specialised AAC and EC Services in England

    From : Julie Atkinson, Chair AAC Advisory Group, NHS England and NHS Improvement:

    The Specialised AAC and EC Services have been developing a website over recent months; the planned direction for this has changed in light of the current pandemic to focus on the creation of a repository for low tech templates and other free resources from specialised AAC services and suppliers to be available for anyone who uses AAC, their families and their local teams to access, especially around COVID-19

This link is specifically looking at resources from some of the AAC suppliers:


I would like to thank and congratulate Jon Rouston (Lincoln EATS), Paul Hewett (ACE), Will Wade (ACE), Matt Gopsill (Patient Representative) and Mike Ryan (ACT) for making this happen so quickly, as well as all those who have contributed so far.

  1. Telehealth Guidance for Speech and Language therapists and useful to others

From: RCSLT Website:

The unprecedented circumstances surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19 have led many speech and language therapists (SLTs) to undertake consultation, assessment and intervention remotely via telehealth. In some cases this is an extension of existing practice, in others completely novel. :


  1. An Opportunity for a Chat with other AAC Users

From: Andrea Sharples and Laith Ritchie, ATtherapy

Are you an AAC user interested in joining an online meeting?

The first AAC User chat went really well, here are details of the next one.

CM would like to host the first meeting of this group on Friday 26th June at 11am.


Please email Andrea Sharples (CM trustee) or Laith Ritchie (AT mentor) on if you would like to join the meeting.


Laith or Andrea will send you details of this discussion before the meeting.

  1. About Friday Announcements

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

Please email the item you want to be included by Thursday 5pm – no more than 200 words (one entry per organisation per week) – and include contact email and/or link so readers can find out further information – no file attachments please. Communication Matters will review, collate and post suitable submissions.

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