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Specialised AAC Services: Equipment Only Requests

Submitted by admin on 18 June 2014 - 11:11am

Quality Assurance of 'Equipment only' requests for individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for Specialised AAC services

It is recognised that there will be some instances where it will not be necessary for commissioned Specialised AAC services in England to undertake an assessment of an individual meeting the eligibility criteria within the service specification D01 S/b and funding may be sought for equipment provision only. These instances may include but are not exclusive to:

  • Referrals for individuals who are competent and experienced in the use of a communication aid, but whose existing equipment is malfunctioning frequently or has ceased to work.
  • Referrals from local AAC services and professionals with a significant level of AAC expertise and competency

Updated Specialised AAC Services Specifications (England)

Submitted by admin on 18 June 2014 - 10:06am

NHS England

In April 2014, NHS England confirmed the allocation of £15 million per year for the development of specialised AAC Services in England.

Thirteen AAC services have been identified as partly meeting the service specifications for a specialised service. The information about the services was as a result of the mapping exercise within the Communication Matters Research Matters Project (2010-3), and the Department of Education AAC Grant (2012-3).

These services have been invited to submit business cases to their NHS Area Teams, responsible for commissioning specialised services under NHS England. These business cases are currently been reviewed; it is hoped a decision, in relation to which services have been successful in their bids, will be made in July 2014. 

Government Response to SEND Code of Practice

Submitted by admin on 17 June 2014 - 11:48am


The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice, Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations and the Government’s response to consultation on those documents can be downloaded from:

The availability of the Code, Regulations and information about transitional arrangements will help local authorities and their partners, early years providers, schools, colleges and those working with children, young people and parents in further developing their plans for implementing the reforms from September 2014 onwards.