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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.

Get more information and download the document from www.communicationmatters.org.uk/nationalaacstandards

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.

AAC 'Hello' Events - April Update

Submitted by admin on 26 April 2011 - 12:36pm

Hello, National Year of CommunicationAs 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.

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