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Have you submitted a paper to RAatE 2011?

Submitted by admin on 11 July 2011 - 11:53am

If you have already submitted a paper, then please re-send the details to as there has been a technical problem with the submission page on the RAATe website. 

The deadline for Call for Papers has been extended to 19 August 2011 so if you haven’t submitted a paper, then there is still time to send it to

You are invited to submit papers, case studies or posters on a range of topics, including:

AAC Wave in the South West

Submitted by Peter Head on 4 July 2011 - 6:31pm

Hello logoAs part of the 'Hello' campaign in The National Year of Speech, Language and Communication, Communication Matters is co-ordinating an AAC Wave of regional and local events. These events are an opportunity to celebrate where the use of AAC has made a difference, as well as raise awareness of AAC. Regional centres in Great Britain are a crucial part of this co-ordination.

The AAC Wave was launched this month, with a number of imaginative and engaging AAC events taking place up and down the country. We will be highlighting what's been happening in each region and this month we focus on the South West...

‘Shine a Light’ Awards for developing children’s communication

Submitted by Peter Head on 2 July 2011 - 7:43pm

Shine a Light Awards logoThe ‘Shine a Light’ 2011 Hello campaign awards, run by The Communication Trust and Pearson Assessment, are the first and only national awards scheme to focus on children and young people’s communication.

With 2011 being the National Year of Communication, it is the perfect time to celebrate the excellent work and achievement of individuals and teams in developing the communication skills of children and young people from birth to teenagers. Together, we can recognise those who have gone beyond the call of duty to support and champion communication skills.

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: June 2011 Update

Submitted by admin on 27 June 2011 - 10:29am

Big Lottery Fund

The project has been running for one year and is on target to achieve its milestone dates. The Research Manager is preparing the end of year report to the Big Lottery Fund.

The project was approved by an NHS ethics committee on 15 June. This is a key step forward in the process of enabling the researchers to contact NHS staff and patients and other organisations, and to access data held by the NHS.

Celebrity Interview Competition: Deadline Extended

Submitted by admin on 22 June 2011 - 1:11pm

Ever wanted to be a chat show host and interview someone from the television or radio? Now is your chance!

It's not too late to enter the I'll be Asking the Questions competition for people who use AAC.

We have extended the deadline for entries to 31 July 2011 to give more people the chance to enter the competition. 

The competition challenge is to devise 10 questions to present to somebody famous. The prize for the best questions will be the opportunity to interview a well known person. The competition is open to people of all ages, across the UK. 

The prize is the opportunity to interview a well known person. Currently we have a singer, a performance poet, a soap actor and a TV presenter signed up to be interviewed!