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Communication Access UK Launch

On 12th November, Communication Matters, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and partner organisations launched the Communication Access Symbol and e-learning for businesses. This will improve support for 14-million people in the UK with communication difficulties. To find out more, follow this link: and look out for social media updates via the […]

Friday Announcements – 27 November 2020

1. Liberator’s Black Friday Sale 2. Are you getting the best from your Lightwriter SL50? 3. Virtual Clinical Decision-Making & AAC for Children and Young People Study Day 4. Sign Out Loud Fundraising Party 5. FREE Dance and Yoga Courses for those with Special Needs 6. International Day of Disabled People #LeedsForAll News from Communication Matters: […]

🎈Communication Matters Virtual Balloon Race 🎈

We are holding a virtual balloon race to help raise awareness of AAC & raise vital funds for the charity – a first for CM! The balloons cost £3 each and you can pay by PayPal or credit/debit card. You can pick your favourite colour balloon and add a personal message if you wish. Please […]

Message to CM friends from the Events Team at University of Leeds

From Anthony Lowe, MEETinLEEDS: To All our friends at Communication Matters, This photograph was taken especially for you showing Parkinson lit up in yellow on a day that should have been CM2020. The team here at Leeds wanted me to write to you to let you know that we hope it will not be long […]

New! The CM Sessions: A series of Twilight Presentations for AAC Awareness Month

As all our events have been cancelled this year due to the pandemic, we have decided to run a series of virtual events throughout October (for AAC Awareness Month) to help raise awareness of AAC and vital funds for the charity. The CM Sessions will have both academic and social elements and will be held […]

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.  

Special Request from Communication Matters

To all our members, past delegates, journal readers, website users, social media followers and friends, Please take a few minutes to read this important request. Thank you.  

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: Email: Location: Oxford Meetings: 3 times a year at Oxford Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital London AAC CEN Website: Email: 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 […]

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