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Friday Announcements - 17th March 2017

Submitted by office on 17 February 2017 - 9:06am

Friday Announcements - 17th March 2017

1. Liberator Ltd – Paul Whitehouse joins the Liberator team!
2. Masters of Research Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders
3. 5 day advanced PODD course - Last opportunity to book
4. A symbol for communication access? Complete the survey!
5. ECEAAC Conference Updates

News from CM:
6. Mentorship project launched in Manchester wanting young AAC users
7. CM2017 National AAC Conference - Registration Now Open!
8. Call for Nominations for The Alan Martin Award 2017
9. Call for Papers - CM2017 AAC Conference
10. Communication Matters Roadshows 2017
11. AAC & Literacy Best Practice Study Day
12. About Friday Announcements

1. Liberator Ltd – Paul Whitehouse joins the Liberator team!

From Mick Davies, Liberator Ltd:

Liberator are pleased to announce Paul Whitehouse as the AAC Consultant for the West Midlands, South West and Wales.
Paul is a familiar face within the AAC industry and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team of AAC consultants.

Paul joined us on the us on Monday 13th March 2017 and I am sure you will all value his support and give him a warm welcome.

If you would like to arrange a FREE consultation or demonstration with Paul to see any of our high-tech communication aids or market-leading vocabularies then you can contact him on 07879 818 788 or email [email protected].

Alternatively please contact the office on 01733 374 990 to organise an appointment.

2. Masters of Research Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders

From Michael Clarke, Univeristy College London (UCL):

This programme is aimed at professionals already working in child or adult services in health or education who have an interest in developing research expertise and a motivation to carry out research in their workplace.

The modular programme offers full-time, part-time or flexible study building towards a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a full Masters of Research (180 credits).

With a blended learning approach (50% online study, 50% face-to-face), the programme is designed to support busy professionals to integrate professional development in applied research with their ongoing work.

For further information see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/study/masters/TMRHCSSDIS01
and/or contact Kea Young, Programme Administrator
[email protected] / +44 20 7679 4275

3. 5 day advanced PODD course - Last opportunity to book

From Rosie Clark:

We have 2 residential places left on the 5 day advanced PODD course from the 3rd-7th April in Leatherhead, Surrey. If you are thinking of joining, we need final bookings by the end of next week to confirm the residential places. Please email [email protected] for more info.

4. A symbol for communication access? Complete the survey!

Over the past year, the Stroke Association, Communication Matters and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists have been working with others towards the potential launch of a communication access symbol for the UK. Please share your views!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C7F9Z95

The survey can also be downloaded as a hard copy. We would be grateful for your feedback by 31st March 2017. If you would like more information, please contact us: [email protected].

You can keep up to date with the project here: http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/page/communication-access-uk

5. ECEAAC Conference Updates

- Final deadline for submission of abstract – March 20, 2017
- The accepted abstracts and papers for the conference will be announced until March 31, 2017
- Submission of papers for ISBN publication – March 31, 2017

Submit abstracts for presentations and posters in English or in Romanian to: https://cmt3.research.microsoft.com

Papers for ISBN publication in English or Romanian:

  • Title
  • Authors (including affiliations and email addresses)
  • 3 - 5 keywords
  • Max. 10,000 characters
  • For scientific research papers include: theoretical framework, research questions, objectives, methodology and results
  • For good practice papers include: general description of the context, objectives, main activities / tools / methods and results / conclusions.

More information on this link: http://comunicare-augmentativa.ro/Call_for_paper.html

6. Mentorship project launched in Manchester wanting young AAC users

Recruiting up to 6 young people who use AAC to receive accredited mentorship training in supporting younger or more inexperienced AAC users.
For more information and how to apply go to http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/news-item/2017-mentorship-project...

7. CM2017 National AAC Conference - Registration Now Open!

The Communication Matters CM2017 National AAC Conference (10-12 September) will be held again this year at the University of Leeds. Integral to the conference is the supplier exhibition and a diverse programme of plenaries, presentations and posters. Residential accommodation will be in modern student residences, which is at the centre of the pedestrianised campus. The transport links to Leeds are very good, with a nearby airport and train station. Keynote speakers are to be announced.

You can see prices of registration now here - http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/page/conference-registration and you can book online on this link too. Book early to take advantage of the Early Bird discount!

If you would like to apply for a subsidised place, please contact the office on [email protected] to check availability before booking your place.

8. Call for Nominations for The Alan Martin Award 2017

Presented annually at the Communication Matters Conference for significant contribution to the Arts by someone who uses AAC.

So far the award has been presented to poetry, drama, photography and animation. What Art form will the award go to in 2017?

To read more on the background to the award and see previous winners go to: http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/page/alan-martin-award-for-contri...

Please send your nominations to the office by post or email at [email protected] with a short explanation of the reason why you think this person would be an ideal recipient of the Alan Martin Award. Please attach an example of their work if possible. The award will be judged by the Trustees (& hopefully 1Voice Trustees as happened last year). A short-list of 3 will be drawn up and the final decision will be announced at the conference on Tuesday afternoon plenary and awarded by the last year's winner.

Rules:

  • The person must be 18 or over.
  • The person may be amateur, be in arts education or gain income from their Art.
  • Any form of creative output can be considered.
  • The person should not have received the Alan Martin Award before (in the last 5 years).
  • Closing date September 1st

9. Call for Papers - CM2017 AAC Conference

You are invited to submit an abstract for the Communication Matters 2017 National AAC Conference. The closing date for submissions is 28th April 2017.

Again this year we are using an online submission program – click here to access the system and submit your abstract(link is external). Alternatively, if you are unable to access the system, please email us at [email protected] or call us on 0845 456 8211.

We have based our topic areas on the three aspects of evidence based practice, which constitute improved outcomes for all. These aspects are:

  • Best Research Evidence - Papers submitted under this heading are carried out by independent organisations such as education, social or health services and universities. Authors should pay particular attention to describing the methodology and results of the study.
  • Clinical and Professional Experience - Papers submitted under this heading may include service development, audit or implementation projects, as well as practice reports. Typically, these papers will be presented by health or education professionals or those working for other organisations for people who use AAC.
  • Personal Stories and Preferences - Papers submitted under this heading would include personal experience stories, single case studies and examples of AAC in the wider community.

Papers can be submitted as either a platform presentation or a poster. We particularly welcome contributions from people who use AAC and family members.

If you are unsure and want to talk about the opportunity, please call us on 0845 456 8211 or email [email protected]

We look forward to receiving your abstract submission by the closing date of 28 April 2017.

More information on submitting an abstract
Link to abstract guidelines website
Link to poster requirements website

10. Communication Matters Roadshows 2017

Find out about exciting new products from a variety of suppliers. Don't forget they are free to attend but you must book a place. The roadshows now booking are:

  • Glasgow - Tue 9 May
  • Dublin - Wed 7 Jun
  • Belfast - Thu 8 Jun
  • Ipswich - Wed 21 Jun
  • Brighton - Thu 22 Jun - NEW
  • Cardiff - Wed 22 Nov - NEW
  • Ashford - Wed 29 Nov - NEW

To find out which suppliers are attending and to book, visit our website by clicking on the links below:

11. AAC & Literacy Best Practice Days

The first of a series of literacy & AAC (/SLCN) days on Friday April 28th. The days will address the needs of children in special school and mainstream school & kickstart a special interest group with subsequent days planned. The days will be suitable for professionals and family members.

12. About Friday Announcements

These 'Friday Announcements' comprise weekly product updates, upcoming courses and supplier news.

Please email [email protected] the item you want to be included by Thursday 5pm - no more than 200 words (one entry per organisation per week) - and include contact email and/or link so readers can find out further information - no file attachments please. Communication Matters will review, collate and post suitable submissions every Friday.