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Further information on AAC

Useful Resources

Other Ways of Speaking
This free booklet provides information about children and young people who use a variety of different ways to communicate, how to support them, and where to go for further information. Published by Communication Matters & The Communication Trust.

The Power of Communication
Nine-minute video introducing a variety of types of AAC and users, and aiming to provide a starting point for more informed decision-making on AAC service delivery and planning for managers. You can view the DVD.

AACknowledge – The AAC Evidence Base
A searchable database of AAC research publications, plain language summaries, case studies, FAQs, Factsheets, glossary of terms and references/links to help learn more about AAC. Visit: www.AACknowledge.org.uk

AAC Forum
An online, open discussion forum for asking questions, airing views, and reading other people’s ideas on important AAC topics (searchable). For more information, visit the section on the AAC Forum.

A Right to Speak: Ways to Communicate
A set of engaging AAC awareness-raising materials funded by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) as part of Scotland’s ‘Right to Speak’ project, and developed by CALL Scotland. The materials provide an introduction to communication support needs and to AAC for people who have no previous knowledge; included are short videos, posters, online learning module & printable resources. View/download from: www.aacscotland.org.uk

AAC E-Learning
A free, online resource from Communication Matters providing a comprehensive introduction to AAC. Visit: http://www.aacelearning.org.uk/ 

Related University Courses 
A page listing some of the courses available relating to AAC. Visit http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/page/university-courses

Contacts for further information

UK

Communication Matters
Communication Matters is the UK wide charity which works for and brings together everybody who has an interest in AAC. It aims to increase awareness about AAC, improve service standards, encourage research, and lobby government for change. Contact Communication Matters for leaflets in the Focus On series and details about Study Days, Roadshows & National AAC Conference.
Tel: 0845 456 8211 Email: [email protected]
Websites: www.communicationmatters.org.uk | www.AACknowledge.org.uk

1Voice – Communicating Together
1Voice is a UK charity which promotes families supporting each other to overcome the isolation that being unable to speak can bring. Local 1Voice groups organise events where people who use AAC and their families can meet and can encounter role models.
Email: [email protected] Website: www.1voice.info

Scotland

Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland
ACiP:S is a Scottish network of AAC service providers and people who use AAC. It acts as a central point of contact for AAC in Scotland, providing information and publications, Study Days, and events for people who use AAC, and for professionals.
Email: [email protected] Website: www.acipscotland.org.uk

Two national services for Scotland providing AAC information, assessment, support, training and equipment loans are:

CALL (Communication Access, Literacy, Learning) Scotland; Education-based
Tel: 0131 651 6235/6 Email: [email protected]
Websites: www.aacscotland.org.uk | www.callscotland.org.uk

SCTCI (Scottish Centre of Technology for the Communication Impaired); NHS-based
Tel: 0141 201 2619 Email: [email protected]