Friday Announcements – 23 February 2024

1. Last Chance for Early Bird Discounts on LAMP Workshops!
2. Get Started with Grid in a Three-Hour Workshop
3. Special Offer from Therapy Box
4. AAC SIG Membership and Study Day
5. Full-time OT Vacancy at Access to Communication & Technology

News from Communication Matters:
6. Freemasonry and Lieutenancies Partnership Fund
7. National Lottery England Peer Support, Mentoring and Communication Clubs – Regional Facilitators Required
8. Glasgow AAC Information Day – Register Now!
9. Communication Matters International AAC Conference 2024 – Call for Papers!
10. About Friday Announcements

 

1. Last Chance for Early Bird Discounts on LAMP Workshops!

From Emily Gabrielle, Liberator Ltd:

The early bird rate for tickets to both our London and Dublin workshops ends on 29 February.

A LAMP workshop is a great way to learn all about the LAMP approach to teaching language using AAC.

Delivered by a LAMP certified trainer from the Center for AAC and Autism in the US, there is ample time for questions and discussion too.

For tickets head to Eventbrite and don’t forget to save 50% on tickets with the code LAMPEARLYBIRD if you book before the end of February!

 

2. Get Started with Grid in a Three-Hour Workshop

From Fin Clarke, Smartbox Assistive Technology Ltd:

Learn how to use Grid AAC software, a platform that helps people communicate and participate. Instructor-led live workshop on 27 February at 4pm. Tickets are £25.

Join our popular online workshop with Grid and learn from our in-house expert, Keira. No prior knowledge needed. We’re covering:

  • Set-up and the basics of the software
  • Symbol and text grid sets
  • Key editing skills for personalisation

And much more! In this hands-on session you can network with peers and get your questions answered while gaining a solid foundation in using the software. At the end of this interactive session, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Reserve your place.

 

3. Special Offer from Therapy Box

From Francesca D’Aguanno, Therapy Box Ltd:

Our special deal for February-March is back this year!

For every £2500 spent (ex VAT), you are eligible for an additional iPad!

For more information, visit www.therapy-box.co.uk or email us at [email protected].

 

4. AAC SIG Membership and Study Day

From Julie Atkinson, on behalf of AAC SIG:

AAC SIG membership is now open for 2024 at the amazing price of £10 (for the year) which includes attendance at our 3 online study days in 2024 PLUS unlimited access to previously recorded days!

To join, please visit: https://aacsig.org.uk/membership.

Also announcing our first study day for 2024 on Thursday 21 March (live online, or catchup via our archive): Supporting Learners with Cerebral Visual Impairments (CVI).

This study day will mainly be presented by Gwen McCormack (QTVI), Positive Eye, with clinical examples from other professionals.

Plan for the day includes:

  • Brief overview of CVI
  • Positive Looking Visual Skills Programme
  • Setting up the environment for children with CVI
  • A closer look at visual attention and fixation
  • A closer look at visual discrimination of objects and images
  • Making it easier to see – summarising and applying the learning.

Hope you can join us!

 

5. Full-time OT Vacancy at Access to Communication & Technology

From Julie Atkinson, Access to Communication & Technology (ACT):

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Occupational Therapist (or Band 6 development post) 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.

We could consider this post as a development role. This means if you don’t have enough experience for the band 7 post, you could start as a band 6 with development goals to progress to a band 7.

For further information about this post, please ring ACT on 0121 466 3050.

Job description and to apply, see: https://www.bhamcommunity.nhs.uk/work-for-us#!/job/v5926497

Closing date: Tuesday 5th March 2024 at 23:59     Interview date: Friday 15th March 2024

 

6. Freemasonry and Lieutenancies Partnership Fund

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant of £2675 from the Freemasonry and Lieutenancies Partnership Fund.

This scheme is a partnership between the Lord-Lieutenancy’s Office in West Yorkshire and the Freemasons of Yorkshire West Riding with a view to assisting worthy causes in West Yorkshire.

The grant will be used towards providing subsidised places for AAC users and their PA’s and family members to attend the Communication Matters AAC Conference at the University of Leeds this September.

We wish to express our sincere thanks for this funding.

 

7. National Lottery England Peer Support, Mentoring and Communication Clubs – Regional Facilitators Required

Further to our announcement that we have been successful in being awarded a grant from National Lottery England, we are now seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to be part of the delivery team.

We are looking for three self-employed regional facilitators (based in the North West, East or West Midlands, and South East including London) who can assist with:

  • Identifying and supporting participants (AAC users) to be able to access AAC communication clubs and identify those AAC users who are interested in accredited units and qualifications and non-accredited workshops for peer support and mentoring
  • Assisting with setting up regional communication clubs
  • Assisting with delivering accredited units and qualifications
  • Working with local partners and providers to disseminate information about the project
  • Presenting monthly reports and working with the Project Co-ordinator

Please note, we are looking for applicants who can provide evidence of self-employment including registration with HMRC and who have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

The commissioned work will be for approximately 18 days per year (specific days and hours are flexible) with a payment of £100 a day plus an allowance for travel and other expenses.

The work will initially be for a one-year contract with potential to extend.

Please download the person specification and send a CV and a covering letter detailing your relevant experience and qualifications to: [email protected].

Closing date: Noon on Friday 8th March.

Interviews (via Teams): Tuesday 19th March.

For an informal discussion and further information, please contact Verity Elliott on 07891 959048.

 

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:

Registration now open!

 

9. Communication Matters International AAC Conference 2024 – Call for Papers!

You are invited to contribute to the Communication Matters International AAC Conference 2024 (8-10 September, University of Leeds).

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 for submissions is 19 April 2024. However, please submit your abstract as soon as possible to help with our planning.

Further information can be found on our website: https://bit.ly/cm2024callforpapers.

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

 

10. About Friday Announcements

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