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AAC Evidence Base Research Project: December 2011 Update

The Communication Matters Research Involvement Networkaims to support and encourage research into AAC in the UK by building a list of people who are interested in taking part in research. We launched the Research Involvement Network at the Communication Matters conference in September and we are currently recruiting members. If you are a person who uses […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: November 2011 Update

The Communication Matters CM2011 Conference in September provided a valuable opportunity for the research team to make useful contacts and to get feedback and comments on our work to date. Thank you to everyone who came to visit our stand – we were very busy. We were delighted to sign up new members of the Research Involvement […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: August 2011 Update

The members of the research team will be at the Communication Matters CM2011 National Conference in September. We are looking forward to sharing the work we have done so far and getting comments and feedback: Manchester Metropolitan University will lead an interactive session about the development of the online AAC Evidence Base. During the session there will be a […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: July 2011 Update

The Research Manager submitted the end of year report, along with a revised budget, to the Big Lottery Fund in July. The project was given NHS ethics approval in June. Manchester Metropolitan University held a focus group for family members of AAC users on 8 July. This generated a lot of ideas and questions that will help the researchers to develop […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: June 2011 Update

The project has been running for one year and is on target to achieve its milestone dates. The Research Manager is preparing the end of year report to the Big Lottery Fund. The project was approved by an NHS ethics committee on 15 June. This is a key step forward in the process of enabling the researchers […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: May 2011 Update

Manchester Metropolitan University held a focus group for commercial AAC suppliers this month. Further groups with practitioners, families and AAC users will follow later in the year. The focus groups will look at the types of evidence that should be held in the AAC Evidence Base and the design of the user interface.  The views and conclusions […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: April 2011 Update

The University of Sheffield and Barnsley Hospital held an AAC focus group in London on 7 April. It was a highly productive day and the discussion will inform the next stage of the research. And in May, Manchester Metropolitan University will be holding a focus group for commercial suppliers, with further groups to follow later in the year. These focus groups will […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: March 2011 Update

The first milestone agreed with the Big Lottery Fund has been achieved as the University of Sheffield has completed the first part of its research work: the systematic literature review. The review aimed to provide an overview of current knowledge regarding the use of high tech AAC technology. It identified 133 papers published in peer reviewed journals which […]

AAC Evidence Base Research Project: February 2011 Update

The University of Sheffield has finished its systematic review of peer-reviewed papers on evidence of need for AAC and service provision. The review’s findings will inform the next stage of the research that will look at these topics in more depth. The findings will be published in articles and on this website in the next […]