The information provides general advice on funding an individual AAC device for children, young adults and adults. It looks at local government agencies and lists charities that either fundraise for communication aids or may be able to provide information and advice and some private fundraising ideas. Advice is also given if your funding application is initially rejected, with a list of organisations to contact.
The Funding picture in the UK is very mixed and what is available largely depends on the age of the person who requires AAC, as well as individual disability, location and the timing of an application.
For children, if the requirement for a communication aid has been included on the child’s Statement of Special Educational Needs then the Local Education Authority is obliged to provide equipment; although in practice this is problematic, with education budgets often inadequate to fund expensive high-tech devices.