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Job Vacancy: Inclusive Communication Project Officer

Submitted by admin on 31 May 2011 - 3:39pm

Inclusive Communication Project Officer with Communication Forum Scotland

£26,502- £30,460 pro rata over 9 months
Edinburgh area, some Scotland travel

Needed immediately - You will be an experienced SLT or community/project worker, to lead a pioneering 9 month Equalities project to make public services more accessible to people with communication disabilities.

AAC Wave in the West Midlands

Submitted by Peter Head on 25 May 2011 - 9:35pm

As 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.

A new easy-to-read introduction to AAC

Submitted by Peter Head on 25 May 2011 - 9:11pm

We are delighted to announce 'Other Ways of Speaking' published by The Communication Trust, working in partnership with Communication Matters.

The booklet provides a clear and easy-to-read introduction to AAC aimed at families and carers, people who use AAC, GPs, commissioners of SLCN services, health and education professionals and the media.

'Other Ways of Speaking' is available free of charge (printed and PDF versions), and includes the following topics:

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: May 2011 Update

Submitted by admin on 22 May 2011 - 1:40pm
Big Lottery Fund

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.