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AAC Study Days

Study days explore a single aspect of AAC and provide a great learning opportunity.

2017 Study Days

Voice Identity in AAC - 2 November 2017

Banking your voice, messages and language and leaving a communication legacy. 

Historically in AAC there has been a desire for 'better' synthesised voices and of being able to provide more individualised voice output. Over the past few years the ability to undertake voice banking has become more widely available. The focus of this development has tended to be around voice banking and particularly voice banking for the MND community. The aim of this study day is to look more broadly at voice identity. It will look at voice banking, both the methods of doing this and how services have been structured to be able to support this, message banking and leaving a communication legacy. This day is not just considering voice identity for people with degenerative conditions but for all (adults and children) using synthesised voices.

People attending this course would leave having:
• an enhanced awareness of the process of voice banking and the various software available for this
• an awareness of how services can support voice banking
• an awareness of strategies for message banking
• an overview of communication legacy

To be held from 9.00am - 4.30pm at the Shropshire Conference Centre, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury SY3 8XQ.

Download flyer, timetable, speaker biographies & booking form (pdf).

Recent Study Days

AAC & Literacy Best Practice Study Day - 28th April 2017

Held at The Clare Charity Centre in Saunderton with a keynote from Rebecca Loza (Read Write Inc.) and plenary by Marion Stanton & Adam Lenartowicz. There were also talks from parents (Chantal Bryan & Jules Whicher), teachers (Laura Baggley & Hester Mackay) and 4 suppliers and the day ended with some workshops. The day addressed the needs of children in special and mainstream school & hoped to kickstart a special interest group with subsequent days to be planned. The days are suitable for professionals and family members.

Resources for members.

Communication in ASD: AAC, Research & Practice Study Day - 20 April 2016

Held at The Lift, London and led by Dr Elaine Clark, Darryl Morgan, Helen Robinson & Dr Greg Pasco (representatives from health, education and research). This study day looked at the use of augmentative communication devices and systems with people with autism.

AAC, Literacy and Complex Needs Study Day - 1 April 2016

Held at Birkbeck College, London and led by Jane Farrall and Sally Clendon. This workshop covered the rationale and principles underlying a balanced comprehensive approach to literacy instruction for all students. 

Symbolisation Towards Literacy Study Day - 15 June 2015

Held at Manchester Metropolitan University and led by Janice Murray (MMU) and Martine Smith (Trinity College Dublin). Explored the relationship between symbol communication and the development of literacy.