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Friday Announcements - 9th February 2018

Submitted by Manager on 9 February 2018 - 12:44pm

Friday Announcements - 9th February 2018

1. Changing Places Survey

News from CM:
2. AAC and Literacy Best Practice Study Days
3. CM Roadshows 2018
4. CM2018 - Call for Papers
5. Second Symbol Consultation for Communication Access UK - Deadline Extended
6. About Friday Announcements

1. Changing Places Survey

From Luke Nash, Ash Field Academy:

Hi, I'm Luke Nash. I am a pupil at Ash Field Academy in Leicester. As well as accessing the curriculum at school I am also working on something that is very close to my heart.

I have been working in conjunction with the Changing Places Consortium, lobbying Parliament and hoping to get the law changed so all future major buildings will provide fully accessible Changing Places facilities for people young and old with disabilities, when out and about in the community or on holiday.

Here is the link to the survey:

2. AAC and Literacy Best Practice Study Days

The second in a series of AAC and Literacy based days. This day will meet the needs of children in both special and mainstream schools and be suitable for both professionals and family members.

The day will include the following:

  • Special interest talks on issues that relate directly to the challenges faced in delivering literacy to students who use AAC and the challenges students face in acquiring those skills.
  • Table top workshops with hands on experience of resources currently available to support the teaching of literacy to AAC users
  • Exhibition from suppliers of products directly related to AAC and literacy.

Costs: £65 members, £75 non-members and £40 for family members

Friday 27th April
ACE Centre (North Office)
Hollinwood Business Centre, Albert Street
Oldham, OL8 3QL

Further information and a link to the booking form can be found on our website:

3. CM Roadshows 2018

We have confirmed the dates for our 2018 roadshows. There will be a total of 9 roadshows this year as follows:

  • Sheffield - Wed 14 Mar
  • Nottingham - Thu 15 Mar
  • Plymouth - Wed 18 Apr
  • Bristol - Thu 19 Apr
  • Glasgow - Tue 22 May
  • Newcastle - Wed 23 May
  • Chester - Wed 6 Jun
  • Oldham - Thu 7 Jun
  • London - Wed 21 Nov

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

Read more about Roadshows
Request a place on a Roadshow

4. CM2018 - Call for Papers

You are invited to contribute to the Communication Matters CM 2018 International AAC Conference (9-11 September, Leeds)

This year we will again be using an online submission programme.

We have based our topic areas on the three aspects of evidence based practice which constituted 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 AAC users.
  • 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 either as a platform presentation or a poster. We particularly welcome contributions from AAC users and family members.

The deadline for submission is 27 April 2018.

Further information can be on our website by following:

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity, please call us on 0113 343 1533 or email [email protected]

5. Second Symbol Consultation for Communication - Deadline Extended

From Catherine Harris, CAUK:

In early 2017 we asked people, including those affected by communication difficulties for their opinions. We had over 3000 responses! We found out that:

  • People with communication difficulties don't always get the support they need in the community
  • People would like a Communication Access symbol in the UK

We asked people to choose an idea for a symbol to represent communication access. There were 2 ideas that were the most popular. Tell us what you like and what you don't like about these ideas in the survey below:

Please note that deadline for responses has been extended and is now 28 February - don't miss out on the chance to have your say!

If you have any other ideas or comments please tell us!

6. 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.