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Friday Announcements - 8th September 2017

8 September 2017 - 10:48am
Friday Announcements - 8th September 2017 1. Ace Centre AAC Consultant Vacancies 2. Job Vacancy - Band 7 Specialist Occupational Therapist 3. Training event for Rehadapt mounting system - please register interest! 4. ACT Birmingham has Job Vacancies 5. Inclusive Assistive Technology 6. Ability

Battens Disease

6 September 2017 - 12:39pm
Hi, Has anyone had experience of implementing any form of AAC with a child/young person with Battens Disease? This is second-hand query from a colleague overseas, so I have limited info, but it is a child of 7 years whose vision is already declining. Receptive language is expected to stay

What's in a name?

4 September 2017 - 8:22am
I’m getting confused. For a long time I thought there were 3 main types of CP; spastic, athetoid and ataxic. Then along came another word ‘dyskinetic’ which I assumed, from its description, was another word for athetoid. Then someone told me it is a different type. Now, this new book

Friday Announcements - 1st September 2017

1 September 2017 - 11:12am
Friday Announcements - 1st September 2017 1. Liberator Ltd – Introducing easyChat v6.00 2. Intellikeys on the AAC Forum this week 3. Who’s Afraid of AAC? The UK Guide to Augmentative and Alternative Communication 4. Free Core Words Power Academy Days 5. AAC training in Leeds 6. Ability World

communication aids and benefit to users with learning disabilty

1 September 2017 - 8:44am
Hello, does anyone know of research that documents benefits (e.g. more effective and efficient communication) to people who have learning disability when using communication aids (low or high tech)? Thanks. Tina

RE: [AAC Forum] Digest for [email protected] - 10 updates in 3 topics

31 August 2017 - 9:56am
Hello Jenny, Great to hear people are still using Intellikeys – I think they are great. Just had direct email from someone at MK Prosopsis which says they supply the USB Intellikeys. http://www.mkprosopsis.com/ Fil Fil McIntyre Lead Assistive Technologist Beaumont College Slyne

AAC and banking

30 August 2017 - 3:00pm
Just picked up on this thread on my return from holiday - a very interesting and challenging situation. I hope I’m not over-simplifying things here but I think that there are two issues here. Firstly the communication and secondly the authorisation. Pre-loading vocab to a VOCA will get the

Support for AAC and banking

29 August 2017 - 9:32am
The following enquiry has come into the office if you can please assist: I am writing on behalf of a user that we have been working with in the North East. He has a Grid Pad Pro 11 running Vocabulary for Life. He accesses this using a switch and does so very well however he is very slow. The

Intellikeys keyboard help required

29 August 2017 - 8:07am
Hi everyone, Here at the school we have a couple of Intellikeys keyboards which unfortunately have a PS2 (keyboard connection). The problem is that our PC's don't have a PS2 socket on the back, only USB sockets. I've tried a PS2 to USB convertor with no success and have been trying to source USB

Friday Announcements - 25th August 2017

25 August 2017 - 10:36am
Friday Announcements - 25th August 2017 1. Ability World Communication Books and Folders Sale 2. Elklan AAC Courses News from CM: 3. Visit our AAC Exhibition - Open for FREE to non-conference delegates 4. Call for Nominations for the Alan Martin Award - 1 week to go! 5. Jamie Munro Inspiration

Friday Announcements - 18th August 2017

18 August 2017 - 10:42am
Friday Announcements - 18th August 2017 1. Liberator Ltd – Hands on with LAMP Workshop and ‎AAC Awareness Days 2017 News from CM: 2. Visit our AAC Exhibition - Open for FREE to non-conference delegates 3. Call for Nominations for the Alan Martin Award - 2 weeks to go! 4. Jamie Munro Inspiration

Friday Announcements - 11th August 2017

11 August 2017 - 9:46am
Friday Announcements - 11th August 2017 1. Lisa Simpson's Crowdfunding Project 2. 1Voice 1Day 2017 News from CM: 3. Recycling old AAC devices 4. Books of Abstracts for CM2017 Conference Now Online! 5. Voice Identity in AAC Study Day - 2 November 2017 6. We need you to help! Communication Matters

Friday Announcements - 4th August 2017

4 August 2017 - 10:15am
Friday Announcements - 4th August 2017 1. Looking for professional trialists News from CM: 2. Recycling old AAC devices 3. Books of Abstracts for CM2017 Conference Now Online! 4. Voice Identity in AAC Study Day - 2 November 2017 5. We need you to help! Communication Matters DVD 6. Call for

2006 Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Who, What, Where, When: A Symbol Book for Communicating

1 August 2017 - 3:18pm
Hi all, I'm attempting to track down information about a document called: 2006 Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault: Who, What, Where, When: A Symbol Book for Communicating with Sexual Assault Survivors who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication. I should be clear: this isn't

Texting independently

1 August 2017 - 3:07pm
We’ve had an enquiry from a member of staff from a nursing home in the Ipswich area. She is looking for assistive technology to help one of her residents to text independently to allow him to keep in touch with his friends. He is unable to use his hands for fine motor skills; he can hold a phone

Friday Announcements - 28th July 2017

28 July 2017 - 9:39am
Friday Announcements - 28th July 2017 1. Job vacancy - KMCAT Band 7 Speech and Language Therapist 2. 1Voice - Communicating Together – Latest newsletter out now News from CM: 3. Call for Nominations for Trustees - Deadline today! 4. Voice Identity in AAC Study Day - 2 November 2017 5. We need you

Insurance for EyeGaze system

27 July 2017 - 8:17am
I have just spent £5.5K on an Eyegaze system for my daughter who lives in a Residential Home. I am trying desperately without success to insure it. Part of the cost was for training and software, so I want to ensure £4500 and at the moment this is proving very difficult. The recommendations on

Friday Announcements - 21st July 2017

21 July 2017 - 10:54am
Friday Announcements - 21st July 2017 1. Radio 4 - The Symbols of Bliss 2. FREE AAC & Core word curriculum resources 3. WordPower 60 for Grid 3 News from CM: 4. Call for Nominations for Trustees - One week to go! 5. Voice Identity in AAC Study Day - 2 November 2017 6. We need you to help!

PODD - word lists

19 July 2017 - 10:56am
Morning all I make up PODD books for my SLT and periodically I am asked to insert "extra" vocabulary for the user. Often however these additional words are already in the book. Sometimes it's obvious whether they'll be in there already or not if they're obviously family-specific words. However

Friday Announcements - 14th July 2017

14 July 2017 - 11:35am
Friday Announcements - 14th July 2017 1. New at Tobii Dynavox (there’s quite a bit) 2. New Grid Pad Power Bank 3. Highly Specialist Occupational Therapist- Access to Communication and Technology (ACT) Service – Band 7 News from CM: 4. Voice Identity in AAC Study Day - 2 November 2017 5. We need

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