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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. […]

CM2019 Conference Feedback

Now Closed CM2019 International AAC Conference, 8-10 September 2019, University of Leeds Please give your feedback after the conference by going to https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/communication-matters-2019-delegate-feedback– You could win a £20 Amazon voucher for completing this evaluation! Thank you for your comments.

AAC Dissemination Seminars

Communication Matters, along with organisations involved in the delivery of the AAC Grants Programme, will be hosting four AAC Dissemination Seminars across England in April 2013, which have been arranged to raise awareness on the subject of Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) services. The seminars will aim to disseminate information from two key pieces of work: The […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: March 2013 Update

AAC Dissemination Seminars We are working with key partners on a series of joint dissemination events aimed primarily at commissioners and heads of specialist AAC services. These will take place in England, Scotland and Wales in April and May. Our partners are the DfE consortium leads in England, Susan Shandley from the ‘A Right to […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: February 2013 Update

AACknowledge website now live! “Wow, it is great! Love the information and accessibility.” “A terrific new AAC resource” “A great resource for anyone interested in AAC” The AACknowledge website went live on 10th December 2012 and as you can see we’ve already had some very positive feedback about it. The website was developed by Manchester Metropolitan University […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: November 2012 Update

AAC Evidence Base website Thank you to all the members of Communication Matters who took up our invitation to be involved in testing the AAC Evidence Base website in October. We had a brilliant response with over 50 people asking to participate, and received extensive feedback on the content and design of the site. The research […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: September 2012 Update

Teachers and lecturers – can you help with our research? The research team at the University of Sheffield has been gathering data about AAC services across the UK.  The researchers need more information about how high-tech AAC is used and supported in educational settings.  If you teach adults, young people or children in the UK […]