1. To explore the concept of 'significant support' for people who use AAC.
2. To identify what we understand by significant support; why such support is relevant; where it may be found; and who provides it.
3. To identify opportunities for expansion of models of support.
The presenters bring a raft of differing experience to the party. The method of this paper will reflect their experience and offer the audience some food for thought and debate. Information will be presented on the current research evidence on models of support.
The aims of the presentation will be illuminated through a number of personal stories and examples of models of support and their current realities.
The presenters will conclude with some summary comments specifically related to: (i) decision making and AAC system choices, (ii) AAC system learning and currently recognised support mechanisms, and (iii) AAC system changes, location changes and currently recognised support mechanisms. The floor will be opened for debate.