Communication Matters has been awarded a grant by the Big Lottery Fund for a ground-breaking three year research project entitled 'Communication Matters - Research Matters: An AAC Evidence Base'. Estimates suggest that as many as 365,000 people in the UK could benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), but there is no definitive research confirming actual need. Information about best practice remains largely inaccessible or unpublished.
The research project started in June 2010. It aims to: provide evidence of the prevalence of need for AAC in the UK; map the current provision of AAC in the UK; establish a best practice database; establish a database of research participants. Communication Matters is working with three research partners: Barnsley NHS Trust, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Sheffield.
This session will provide an overview of the research and its progress, and will focus on how people from the AAC community will be involved in the research.