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Friday Announcements - 9 March 2018

Submitted by Manager on 23 February 2018 - 12:24pm

Friday Announcements - 9th March 2018

1. 1Voice - National Residential Weekend 2018
2. Inclusive Technology - Switch adapted toys
3. Occupational Therapist Band 6 Rotational Post (ACT/Neurological Rehabilitation)
4. Brand new Super Core vocabulary for symbol AAC - Smartbox
5. Vacancy at the Bristol Communication Aid Service (BCAS)

News from CM:
6. AAC and Literacy Best Practice Study Days
7. CM2018 Great Book Draw
8. 2018 CM Roadshows
9. About Friday Announcements

1. 1Voice - National Residential Weekend 2018

From Jo Cope, 1Voice:

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 National Residential Weekend. We have a new venue this year to reflect the geographic spread of our members. In 2020 1Voice will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its first national residential weekend event and over the next three years leading up to the Anniversary there will be a programme of creative activities to celebrate this milestone. This year the theme is storytelling. There will be activities for all levels of communication.

Further information can be found on our website where there is also a link to the online registration form.

Visit If you have any questions please get in touch with Jo via email at or on 07943 618525.

1Voice relies on volunteers to make its events a success. If you are interested in volunteering for this event or would like to find out more information please contact Jo at or register using the online registration form.

We hope to see you there.

2. Inclusive Technology - Switch adapted toys

From Duncan Rhodes, Inclusive Technology Ltd:

Inclusive Technology supply a wide variety of engaging, colourful, noisy, cuddly and entertaining range of switch adapted toys!

To learn more, please visit the Inclusive Technology website

3. Occupational Therapist Band 6 Rotational Post (ACT/Neurological Rehabilitation)

From Julie Atkinson, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust:

Begin an OT career in AAC/EC!!!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for qualified HCPC registered occupational therapist to join our band 6 OT neurological rehabilitation rotation working as part of the interdisciplinary teams at West Midlands Rehab Centre and Moseley Hall Hospital providing a quality Occupational Therapy Service to clients with complex impairments (predominantly significant neurological disability but commencing with a 2 year rotation to Access to Communication & Technology (ACT) the West Midlands AAC and EC service)

The post will rotate annually within the following the services at:

West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre:

  • Access to Communication and Technology – THIS WILL BE THE STARTING ROTATION FOR 2 YEARS
  • Specialist Neuro-rehabilitation and complex disability

Moseley Hall Hospital in and outpatient services: Inpatient Neurological Rehabilitation Unit

  • Birmingham Neurological Rehabilitation Team
  • Moor Green outpatient brain injury unit

For further information or to discuss this post, please contact Jo Cartwright (ACT Service Lead) on 0121 466 3102 or email

Job Reference: 820-A-18-29222


4. Brand new Super Core vocabulary for symbol AAC

From Hannah Church, Smartbox Ltd:

Super Core makes it easier for early AAC users to get started and experience success with symbol communication. Built on research, it combines consistent core words, with activity-specific vocabulary, that focuses on real-life situations, everyday routines and play – to keep learners motivated and having fun!

The grid set is easy to learn, for both the learner and the people supporting them - no matter their method of access. Learning Grids with 12 or 20 cells support the transition to Super Core for users who may still be learning and practicing their access method. They include the Daily and Play activity vocabulary from Super Core, alongside a simplified core vocabulary.

Super Core highlights

  • Full and consistent core vocabulary
  • Activity-specific grids for everyday situations - e.g. dressing
  • Easy sentence building with smart grammar tools
  • Users with a wide range of ability can explore vocabulary and learn meaning
  • Manageable cell count with 54 locations
  • Super Core Learning Grids with 12 or 20 cells
  • Accessible with touch, switch, pointer and eye gaze
  • Developed by SLT Daisy Clay

Find out more about Super Core.

Super Core is included with our Grid software - start exploring today in Grid 3 or Grid for iPad.

5. Vacancy at the Bristol Communication Aid Service (BCAS)

From Vicky Styles, Bristol Communication Aid Service:

Bristol Communication Aid Service (BCAS) is looking for a suitably qualified Occupation Therapist to join their multi professional team delivering specialist communication aid assessments to people across the South West Region.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working with adults and/or children in the field of AAC. The post will involve working across the age range to provide specialist AAC assessments.

This post is a substantive post with funding for 37.5 hours per week at a Band 6 AFC grade. The post would be ideal for anyone wanting to develop their skills in AAC assessment. Training and support will be provided and the successful candidate will work alongside members of our experienced team.

BCAS is located within Bristol Centre for Enablement situated at Cribb's Causeway just off the M5 on the outskirts of Bristol. The centre also houses the environmental control service and wheelchair service to which there are close links with both services.

For more information please contact Vicky Styles on 0117 414 5850 or email

Closing date for applications: 20th March 2018

NHS Jobs reference: 339-PAM8740

6. AAC and Literacy Best Practice Study Days

The second in a series of AAC and Literacy based days. This day will meet the needs of children in both special and mainstream schools and be suitable for both professionals and family members.

We are pleased to announce our key note speaker will be Maureen Donnelly! Maureen is an early childhood educator who has taught students of diverse abilities and ages. Her current role is the Curriculum Manager at TobiiDynavox and she will speak about 'Where We Are Now: Old Challenges and New Opportunities in Literacy Learning'.

The day will also include the following:

  • Special interest talks on issues that relate directly to the challenges faced in delivering literacy to students who use AAC and the challenges students face in acquiring those skills.
  • Table top workshops with hands on experience of resources currently available to support the teaching of literacy to AAC users
  • Exhibition from suppliers of products directly related to AAC and literacy.

Costs: £65 members, £75 non-members and £40 for family members

Friday 27th April
ACE Centre (North Office)
Hollinwood Business Centre, Albert Street
Oldham, OL8 3QL

For further information and to book go to:

7. CM2018 Great Book Draw

Wanted: Recently Published Books

Are you the author of a recently published (or about to published) book that addresses any aspect of AAC, either fiction or non-fiction.

Would you like to have an image and description of your book included in the CM 2018 Conference Programme?

Why not donate a copy to the CM 2018 Great Book Draw? Approximately 400 delegates will have the opportunity to sign up for the Great Book Draw whil will be held during the Internation AAC Conference at the University of Leeds 9-11 September.

If you are interested please email as soon as possible.

8. 2018 CM Roadshows

Find out about exciting new products from a variety of suppliers! Don't forget you must book a place. The roadshows now booking are:

  • Plymouth - Wed 18 Apr
  • Bristol - Thu 19 Apr
  • Glasgow - Tue 22 May
  • Newcastle - Wed 23 May
  • Chester - Wed 6 Jun
  • Oldham - Thu 7 Jun
  • London - Wed 21 Nov

To find out which suppliers are attending and to book, visit our website by clicking on the links below:

9. About Friday Announcements

These 'Friday Announcements' comprise weekly product updates, upcoming courses and supplier news.

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