A number of documents have been published by UK government departments, Communication Matters and other organisations to set out and promote national standards for AAC services.
NHS England Guidance
- New Guidance for Commissioning on AAC Services and Equipment (PDF) - March 2016
- New Service Specification for AAC (PDF) - March 2016
- New Specialised AAC Referral Criteria Document (PDF) - March 2016
- All are available via this page on the NHS England website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/spec-services/npc-crg/group-d/d01/
- The Accessible Information Standard sets out requirements for NHS and adult social care providers to identify, record, flag, share and meet the information and communication needs of people with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
- Individual Funding Requests A Guide for Patients - November 2017
Communication Matters publications
The following documents describe national good practice and principles for people who need and use AAC services:
Our Outcome Measurement Project published this review of the range of tools and measures commonly used in the UK and appraising them in terms of their usefulness to aided communication measurement:
Office of the Communication Champion and Council publications
Documents on commissioning national services for AAC provision in England:
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists publications
RCSLT - Website: www.rcslt.org