Suppliers demonstrate, supply and customise communication aids – some offer trials or loans of equipment. They also deliver training on using devices.

SUPPLIERS OF EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES COMPLY WITH THE COMMUNICATION MATTERS CODE OF CONDUCT.

Please note that CM cannot recommend a particular supplier as everyone’s needs are different. We do not endorse any material on a supplier’s website or social media.

Abilia Ltd

01954 281 210
info@abilia.uk

  • Communication solutions
  • Environmental control solutions
  • Cognition solutions
  • Products – Lightwriter, Gewa Control Omni, Micro Voice Amp, Emfit, Intelligaze, Rolltalk NOVA, MEMOdayplanner, Handi, Big Jack, and more

Ability World Ltd

David Weatherburn
0845 47 47 245
enquiries@ability-world.com

  • Portable communication books and folders, communication totes, communication/PODD book binders etc.
  • Tri-fold communication/choice/literacy boards – our popular Abilityboards are used in schools, colleges, care homes and many other situations
  • Communication easel – lightweight yet robust A4 and A3 size desktop ringbinder easels, with grip feet to prevent slipping and carry handles for easy portability
  • Communication aids: full AbleNet range (BIGmack, iTalk2, etc), GoTalks, Megabee, Frenchay Alphabet Board and many more
  • Switch-adapted toys and gadgets, mounting systems, gripping aids, time planning aids and many other items
  • TechPad, Wedge and Wedge Variable-angle switch mounts.
  • Ablenet, Unlimiter and the SimplyWorks range of switches
  • Joysticks, trackballs and many other access products
  • Range of other low-tech AAC devices at highly competitive prices

AIST

+81 29 861 5491
info@gesture-interface.jp

Augmentative and Alternative Gesture Interface (AAGI) is a multi-gesture interface that can extend the user’s capabilities selectively.

  • Suitable for people with motor dysfunction who cannot use a standard interface
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Analyses and categorises a wide variety of gestures
  • Free software can be downloaded from the website

Assistive Control Ltd

Kate Browne
01886 884 188
enquiries@assistivecontrol.com

  • New and updated typing and communication apps, available for the iPad and also as a software download
  • Typeassist and Typeassist +, 16 large touchscreen keys, using intelligent word prediction to provide a simple and effective typing system with speech output, useful editing features and screen/font customising options. Fully switch accessible, large cells and efficient word prediction also make it ideal for use with eye gaze
  • Helpmate for users who require symbols-based communication support, uses a Windows tablet as the platform with very simple user interface to help encourage independent access. Ready to use straight from the box with no programming required, making it straightforward to operate for the user, their family and carers
  • We can install various symbols sets or work with the therapy team to install customised symbols

AssistiveWare

info@assistiveware.com

  • Proloquo2Go
  • Proloquo4Text
  • Pictello
  • Keeble
  • Keedogo (Plus)
  • News-2-You
  • Wrise
  • Infovox iVox

Claro Software Ltd

Alasdair King
01772 977 888
sales@clarosoftware.com

  • ClaroRead
  • ScreenRuler
  • ClaroCom app
  • ClaroPen app

Crick Software Ltd

Jordan Butel
01604 671 691
info@cricksoft.com

  • Clicker 7
  • DocsPlus
  • Clicker Apps for iPads & Chromebooks
  • Clicker Communicator App
  • SuperKeys App

Dad in a Shed

Steve Smith
01933 673 806
steve@dadinashed.com

  • iPad bundles, switch access for iPads, Proloquo2go, Proloquo4Text, Predictable
  • iPad accessibility accessories – our own adapted styli, switch boxes, a range of switches, cases and mounts
  • Eye gaze bundle, capable of allowing access to windows, home automation and infra-red control
  • Eye gaze trackers
  • Proloquo2go
  • Proloquo4Text
  • Predictable
  • Training, assessment

Emego

Jack Ackroyd
01423 798 254
hello@emego.co.uk

Products:

  • Emego assistive switch
  • Electronic medical device design
  • Electronic medical device manufacturing

EyeFree Assisting Communication Ltd

Tania Suares
+44-808-169-7171
hello@eyecontrol.co.il

The EyeControl is a wearable personal communication device that gives a voice to locked-in patients.

  • Standalone portable device using audio feedback and eye gestures
  • Immediate and around-the-clock communication
  • Head-mounted infrared camera tracks eye movements
  • Processing unit translates the movements into communication
  • Bone conduction component provides audio feedback to the user before communication is transmitted to output speaker or connected Bluetooth device
  • No screen needed

Inclusive Technology Ltd

Ian Loughlin
01457 819 790
inclusive@inclusive.co.uk

  • Wide range of products for iPads and other tablets; switch Interfaces, protective cases, amplification systems, mounting systems and other accessories
  • Large selection of apps for iPad and Android
  • Specialist communication handbook for speech and language professionals covering Inclusive’s range of products and advice on choosing and using a communication aid
  • Technology from international companies such as AbleNet, Pretorian, AMDi, Tobii and many others
  • myGaze assistive and eye gaze software
  • HelpKidzLearn online services (games and activities, ChooseIt! Maker 3 and Insight)
  • Switch access & switch software
  • Computer access and mounting solutions

Liberator Ltd

Lauren Argent
01733 370 470 / 01733 889 799
info@liberator.co.uk

  • Liberator Rugged 7, Accent 800 / 1000 / 1400, Look Eyegaze, NOVA chat 5 / 8 / 10 / 12, Chat Fusion 8 & 10
  • Unity, easyChat, The Grid 3, WordPower, LAMP Words for Life, Essence, LLL and Wordcore
  • Low-tech communication aids, switches, adapted toys, computer access and accessories
  • We offer full support and training by our experienced consultants
  • Assessments and free loans of communication aids
  • Peace of mind – 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Price match promise – we will not be beaten on price
  • Total LibCare – three-year market-leading warranty, including accidental damage cover
  • Extended warranties – one to five years on a range of communication aids
  • Support – UK technical support that includes weekend cover

Mounts and More

Ian Bullock
01455 212 777
sales@aacmounts.com

  • DAESSY wheelchair mounting system – a comprehensive, robust and versatile system that provides solutions to most mounting situations for a wide range of communication devices, iPads, tablets, laptops etc
  • DAESSY rolling mount – a freestanding mount with lockable castors designed to slide under most beds. The offset base makes it particularly suitable for wheeling chairs up to the mount
  • DAESSY M-Series mounts – a lightweight, sleek and sturdy mount based on narrower tubing with smaller and lighter components. Suitable for devices up to 4.5kg. e.g. smaller communication devices, iPads, tablets, cameras etc
  • Lite Mount – the latest addition to the DAESSY range, specifically designed for lightweight devices (up to 2kg) such as iPads, tablets, switches or cameras
  • Desk mounts – a range of freestanding or fixed mounts to use communication devices, iPads etc on a desk or table.

Possum Ltd

01296 461088 & 07734 551207
info@possum.co.uk

  • Electronic assistive technology
  • Switches
  • Mounts
  • Telecare

QEF MERU

01372 725203
info@meru.org.uk

  • Custom products
  • Ready-made products
  • Bugzi loan scheme
  • Travelchair
  • Switch adapted toys
  • Refer to other QEF services for assessments for driving, wheelchair and scooter, transfer and seating, and much more

Scandle Ltd

Becka Kitchin
01229 585173
sales@candleaac.com

  • Phonics for All, our ground-breaking product initially platformed on Grid 2 and also available in Grid 3 and Mind Express versions. Coming soon – Clicker 7
  • Custom-made communication books that can be regularly updated
  • PODD books
  • Alternative Pencils – a lightweight waterproof letter board that enables early learners to practise writing
  • Predictable Chart Writing – templates that help early writers to make sentences

Sensory Guru Ltd

Lee Blemings
01892 771 381
info@sensoryguru.com

  • Tobii hardware and software (full product range)
  • Tobii AAC training and end user support
  • Bespoke AAC content programming
  • Range of training and support services to assist customers as they develop new skills
  • Dedicated remote access and telephone support service for AAC clients between 9am – 6pm Mon-Fri
  • Sensory Guru’s qualified training team offer a variety of courses aimed at professionals and parents/carers working to support individuals using AAC

Smartbox Assistive Technology Ltd

Nick Ward and Adam Waits
01684 578 868
info@thinksmartbox.com

  • Access specialists, including eye gaze, touch switch and head pointers
  • Grid Pad Go, Grid Pad Pro and Grid Pad Eye communication aids
  • Grid 3 software, including Fast Talker, Word Power, Vocab for life and more
  • On-site visits with assistive technology experts
  • Free training and support

Smile Smart Technology Ltd

01635 37550
tech@smilesmart-tech.com

  • Lead UK Rehadapt mount specialist supplier and fitter
  • Creator and manufacturer of the Drivedeck, Smile Smart System, Softytops and Flexirod
  • Mounts for communication devices, tablets, switches and controls to provide increased comfort, motivation and independence

Steeper Ltd

Lee Hoppley
0113 207 0449
enquiries@steepergroup.com

  • Eye gaze technology
  • Environmental controls
  • Access control

Talking Mats Ltd

Lois Cameron
01786 479511
info@talkingmats.com

  • Talking Mats Digital
  • Talking Mats Original

Techcess Communications Ltd

Martin Green or Ian Foulger
01476 561991
sales@techcess.co.uk

Techcess currently supplies the following products from its sister company, Jabbla

  • AAC devices – Tellus i5, Tellus 5, Vibe,  Mobi 3, Allora 2, Zingui 2, Smart 3
  • Access technologies – eye gaze (wide range), head movement, switches
  • Software – Mind Express, Carla, Score

Nickie Wren
01276 606 760
info@makaton.org

  • Training for parents, carers and professionals
  • Resources using Makaton symbols and signs
  • Free family advisory service

Therapy Box Ltd

Swapnil Gadgil
020 8749 3474
info@therapy-box.co.uk

  • Therapy Box apps: Predictable, ChatAble, Scene & Heard, Inku, VocaTempo, Minimal Pairs, Odd One Out, Phonics Keyboard
  • Bundles including iPads and apps, plus assistive accessories including switches

Tobii Dynavox Ltd

Rob Gregory
0114 481 0011
Sales.uk@tobiidynavox.com

  • PCEye Go – PCEye Mini
  • VocaliD voice banking
  • myTobiiDynavox message banking
  • Core First
  • Snap Scene
  • Windows Control

Voice Aid

Martyn Barklett-Judge
01803 612772
info@voiceaid.net

  • Voice Aid 18W portable voice amplifier
  • Headset, throat and adhesive pad throat microphones
  • Professional starter packs
  • Full support and training

Widgit Software Ltd

Jane Batchelor
01926 333 680
info@widgit.com

  • Widgit symbols
  • Prox Talker, ProxPAD
  • InPrint 3
  • Widgit Online
  • Apps, symbol support for websites and learning platforms, writing activities and communication, mind maps to help organise thoughts, ideas and tasks and signage
  • 30-day money-back guarantee on all products and free technical support

What to look for in a supplier

All supplier members of Communication Matters subscribe to the Communication Matters Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct is not a legal document but sets the standard for good commercial practice. Customers are entitled to expect the same standard of professional integrity from suppliers who are not currently members of Communication Matters.

The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA)

The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA), founded in 1917, is the UK’s oldest and largest healthcare association. The association has almost 500 member companies employing over 17,000 people who make or sell healthcare and assistive technology products that help people live more independently.

Members are organised by “sectors” that cover the range or products they make and/or supply, such as wheelchairs, stairlifts, prosthetics etc. One of these sectors is AAC and several suppliers, who are members of Communication Matters, are also members of the BHTA.

BHTA Code of Practice

The BHTA Code of Practice is the only one in the healthcare sector overseen by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI). It is binding on the member companies. All BHTA members sign up to the Code, demonstrating their commitment to high levels of customer care that go above and beyond their legal obligations, leading to customer confidence.

The BHTA operates an independent complaints procedure. Customers who buy from a BHTA member and have a problem that cannot be resolved directly with the supplier can contact the BHTA who will act as arbitrator.

The BHTA website (www.bhta.net) has a member list so you can check if an AAC supplier is a member or not. A supplier’s own website may also indicate membership of the BHTA.

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