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Join Us for the Communication Matters 3.4 Challenge!

You may have heard of The 2.6 Challenge which took place on 26th April 2020. This was a national virtual fundraising effort for various UK Charities after the cancellation of the London Marathon. Supporters were encouraged to take up the 2.6 Challenge and do any activity relating to a 2 and a 6 or 26. […]

In Memory of Bruce Baker

Thank you to Janet Scott for creating this lovely article in memory of Bruce Baker. Thank you to all who contributed their memories. A condensed version was published in the Communication Matters Journal (Vol 34, Issue 2) in August 2020 which you can read here, but you can access the full version below.  

AAC & EC Services in England during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Want to know how AAC and EC services in England have been working with people who need AAC and/or Environmental control (EC) during the COVID-19 pandemic? Zoe Clarke (Chair of NHS England EC Advisory Group), Richard Cave (SLT at Compass in London who also works for the Motor Neurone Disease Association – MNDA) and Julie […]

Communication Matters AAC Awards News reaches Australia!

Towards the end of last year, following the Communication Matters AAC Awards ceremony, an article was being worked on (with thanks to MEETinLEEDS & Ilk Agency) to highlight Laith Ritchie’s contribution to the AAC sector and his amazing achievements. We are really pleased to let you know that Laith’s piece has gone to print in […]

AAC Clinical Excellence Networks (CENs) / Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The following groups of people involved in AAC get together to share information about effective practices and current issues. AAC SIG Website: www.aacsig.org.uk Email: chair@aacsig.org.uk Location: Oxford Meetings: 3 times a year at Oxford Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital London AAC CEN Website: https://webcollect.org.uk/aaclondon https://www.facebook.com/AACLondon Email: aaclondoncen@gmail.com Location: London Meetings: 3 times a year at various venues […]

AAC & Literacy Best Practice Study Day- Full Programme Confirmed

Communication Matters is delighted to present our fourth AAC and Literacy Study Day. Our speakers will be addressing the literacy needs and the implementation of literacy instruction for children as well as older learners in both special and mainstream schools. Keynote Speaker: Maureen Donnelly – “Write On! Supporting AAC Users as Beginning Writers Today, Tomorrow, […]

AACKnowledge Website News

Since the relaunch of our website, we’ve received several enquiries about the AACKnowledge site. In 2013, Communication Matters, in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University, launched the AACknowledge website: an online AAC evidence base that presented information on the latest research in AAC in a variety of accessible formats. The site was made possible by grant […]

New Courses with Recognised Qualifications for AAC Users Available

Communication Matters has been successful in receiving a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver Level 1 Mentoring and Level 1 and/or Entry Level 3 in Personal & Social Development qualifications for AAC users over the next three years and to help set up local mentoring schemes. The qualifications consist of a variety […]

CM2020 International AAC Conference – Call for Papers

CM2020 International AAC Conference – Call for Papers You are invited to contribute to the Communication Matters 2020 International AAC Conference (13-15 September, University of Leeds). Again this year we will be using an online submission programme called Aventri. We have based our topic areas on the three aspects of evidence-based practice which constituted improved […]

CM2019 Conference Keynote Video

CM2019 International AAC Conference, 8-10 September 2019, University of Leeds Karen Erickson, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, a Professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, and the Yoder Distinguished Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. […]