Project Final Report
A series of events took place in April and May 2013 across the UK to disseminate the AAC Evidence Base Project's final report 'Shining a Light on Augmentative and Alternative Communication'. This project formed the evidence for changes that have been made to the services within England. There are 5 strands:
You can download the following reports and resources:
- Final Report: 'Shining a Light on Augmentative and Alternative Communication' (pdf 400KB)
- Research Report: 'Beyond the Anecdote' (by project partners University of Sheffield in collaboration with Barnsley Hospital) (pdf 5MB)
- Examining the Need for and Provision of AAC Methods in the UK (published in Advances in Clinical Neuroscience & Rehabilitation, Vol. 13, No. 4. July 2013, pp. 20-23)
- Systematic review of the literature on barriers and facilitators to use of high technology augmentative and alternative communication devices (pdf 146KB)
- Interventions Using High-Technology Communication Devices: A State of the Art Review (pdf 209KB)
- What factors do we need to consider when providing high-tech communication aids? A Lay Summary (pdf 553KB)
- Press release: 'Thousands Missing Out on Right to a Voice'
Dissemination Seminars and Press Releases
The AAC Evidence Base research project was a three-year project funded by the National Lottery through Big Lottery Fund. A grant of £467,751 was awarded to Communication Matters in December 2009. Communication Matters is leading the project and working with three research partners: the University of Sheffield, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester Metropolitan University. The research work started in June 2010 and ended in July 2013.
This groundbreaking project provided fundamental information about the need for, and provision of, AAC which can be used to improve services across the UK. It also provided access to current knowledge in an online AAC Evidence Base which will present information in a variety of accessible formats. Access to this information will help professionals to improve their services and individuals will be empowered to say what they need. Communication Matters has established a Research Involvement Network that will promote the involvement of AAC users in research.