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AAC Evidence Base Research Project: May 2011 Update

Submitted by admin on 22 May 2011 - 1:40pm
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Manchester Metropolitan University held a focus group for commercial AAC suppliers this month. Further groups with practitioners, families and AAC users will follow later in the year. The focus groups will look at the types of evidence that should be held in the AAC Evidence Base and the design of the user interface.  The views and conclusions from these groups will help to shape the development of the AAC Evidence Base.

Launch of AAC Self Assessment Tool-kit

Submitted by Peter Head on 3 May 2011 - 6:31pm

CandLE has worked with the five special schools in Cumbria, Cumbria PCT and Ulverston Victoria High School to produce an AAC self assessment tool-kit for schools. The tool-kit aims to enable schools to assess their current AAC use in the learning environment and for communication, as well as to decide whether they have training and/or other needs to optimise their use of AAC.

New D4D Report: Users' Perceptions of Communication Aid Design

Submitted by admin on 28 April 2011 - 3:24pm

Devices for Dignity (D4D) has published a report which aims to improve the development of new technologies and stimulate further research in field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

The report, written by D4D consortium partners Simon Judge (Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) and Gillian Townend (NHS Sheffield), has already led to a number of companies speaking to D4D on how it can be implemented in their technologies. David Mason, Managing Director of Toby Churchill Ltd, said “I found the D4D AAC report to be a comprehensive study that is valuable to Toby Churchill Ltd as we seek to develop and improve our products and the whole user experience of our AAC devices. The report has encouraged us to seek to do further work with D4D, which we hope will commence soon.”

Important AAC Quality Standard document published

Submitted by admin on 26 April 2011 - 1:10pm

The aim of the 'Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Quality Standard' document is to provide a quality standard for AAC services. The quality standard defines a high quality of care within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements and measures, and identifies those services that should comply with the quality statements.

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Book your place on the Personal Narratives Workshop

Submitted by admin on 26 April 2011 - 12:52pm

Talking About Experience: Personal Narratives Workshop

This workshop, to be held on 14 June 2011 in London, will offer an opportunity for teachers, speech and language therapists, parents, family members and carers who work with children and adults who use AAC and/or learning disabilities to engage in the practicalities of using mid- and high-tech AAC devices to support the development and sharing of personal narratives.