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Breaking Down Barriers to Singing through AAC: Sing up, Drake Music and PCAS

Session 
Plenary
Educational
  • Sally Chan
  • Doug Bott
Summary

In November 2008, the Government made a commitment to fund Sing Up — a 4 year programme running until March 2011; this funding amounted to £10 million per year. The aim of the programme is to raise the status of singing and increase opportunities for primary school children throughout the country to enjoy singing as part of their everyday lives.

Drake Music’s vision is of a world where disabled musicians have the same opportunities to make music as their non-disabled peers, and of a culture of integrated music-making where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals.

The Paediatric Communication Aids Service in Bristol works collaboratively with Sing Up and Drake Music in developing downloadable music resources for use with voice-output communication aids. The presentation will describe the pilot project which ran at Claremont School during Summer 2009, and the resources available.

Level of Session 
1
Age Group 
Child
Interest 
Topic of interest to people who use AAC
Primary school
Mainstream
Special