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Friday Announcements - 11 January 2019

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

Friday Announcements - 11 January 2019

1. New Inclusive Technology Catalogue
2. ClaroRead for Chromebook Webinar
3. WM AAC Clinical Excellence Network (CEN)
4. Therapy Box Retail Offer 2019
5. Family Fund Information and Support Day
6. Survey to Help NRS Test the Questions on Health Conditions
7. Smartbox Webinar: Get Started with Look to Read
8. Call for Content for the AAC Congress 2019 in Leipzig (Germany)

News from CM:
9. AAC & Literacy Best Practice Study Day
10. About Friday Announcements

1. New Inclusive Technology Catalogue

From Duncan Rhodes, Inclusive Technology Ltd:

Inclusive Technology's Spring catalogue is out now!

It's jam-packed with the latest innovations in technology for people with special needs. This includes switch access technology, touch screen technology and a range of communication software. It's everything you need to help your learners progress, communicate and learn.

You can view the full interactive version here:

2. ClaroRead for Chromebook Webinar

From Claro Software Ltd:

Date: Thursday 17th January 2019, 10am (UK time)

January's Claro software webinar is all about ClaroRead for Chromebook. ClaroRead Chrome is an extension in your Chrome browser allowing you to:

  • Have text read aloud on webpages, Google Docs, PDFs, in fact any text on the screen
  • Select a range of voices
  • Tint webpages
  • Spellcheck

Mary will also demonstrate our two Chromebook apps:

  • ClaroSpeak for reading and proofing text, including speech recognition and speaking dictionary to help you write
  • ClaroIdeas to support the creation and editing of concept or idea maps using visual components.

Complete the enquiry form to register. You will receive a link to join the webinar and a reminder email will also be sent to you a few days before.

3. WM AAC Clinical Excellence Network (CEN)

From Valentina Osborne, NHS Birmingham Community Healthcare:

Date: Wednesday 13th March 2019, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Venue: St Lazar Church Hall, 92 Griffins Brook Lane, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1QG

This CEN could be of interest to people working with clients with developmental AAC needs e.g. children & adults with a learning disability, plus people with acquired brain injury and complex needs/emerging skills. Presentations on CEN, Access to Communication & Technology and NHSE updates. "No such thing as a silly question in Augmentative and Alternative Communication". TECHCESS supplier update including SCORE Low and High Tech AAC

To book a place e-mail Membership £5 for 1 year (3 meetings), meetings free for members.

4. Therapy Box Retail Offer 2019

From Tarryn Knight, Therapy Box Ltd:

Therapy Box is bringing in the New Year with a great offer from our retail team!

Get a free iPad and a free 2 hour face-to-face training session* when you purchase retail products over £2,500.00 in the first quarter of 2019.

To find out more or to get purchasing please email or visit our retail website here:!

* Subject to only those clients in the Greater London region

5. Family Fund Information and Support Day

From Elaine Pilmoor, Family Fund:

Date: Wednesday 27 February 2019, 10.30am - 2.30pm
Venue: French Ballroom, Midland Hotel, Forster Square, Cheapside, Bradford, BD1 4HU

Learn more about support services, grants and information available to you and your disabled child or young person.

Along with Family Fund there will be a number of other charities and sector organisations there to help. There will also be a workshop delivered by Irwin Mitchell. For more information please visit our website

Family Fund looks forward to meeting you.

6. Survey to Help NRS Test the Questions on Health Conditions

From Heather Palmer, Scottish Government:

The Assisted Communication team in Scottish Government has agreed to share this survey carried out by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) to test some questions which are being considered to be included in Scotland's Census 2021.

NRS are responsible for carrying out the census in Scotland, every 10 years. The information collected is vital for the planning and funding of services in your community. We are preparing for the next census which will be in 2021 and are testing some questions which may be included in the 2021 questionnaire, including questions on health.

Please complete this short survey to help NRS test the questions on health conditions.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for people aged 16 or over who live in Scotland to complete this short survey.
We are especially looking for people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) equipment, and people who provide care to someone who uses AAC equipment.

The survey will be open until 4 February 2019.

Interested in finding out more?
If you require further information before you start this survey please contact Maya Clayton at or 0131 314 4402.

Keep up to date with Scotland's Census 2021 by signing up to our newsletter, or following NRS on Twitter @NatRecordsScot

If you would like to get in touch about this survey, please contact us at

7. Smartbox Webinar: Get Started with Look to Read

From Natasha Roberts, Smartbox Ltd:

Date: Thursday 17 January 2019, 4.30pm GMT

Join our 30 minute webinar and discover how you can support children using AAC as they experience and enjoy books - independently!

On Thursday 17 January at 4.30pm GMT, we will take a tour of Look to Read and show you how the software works. You'll get to explore some of the 16 animated stories, chat grids and accompanying learning activities.

Sign up for the webinar here:

8. Call for Content for the AAC Congress 2019 in Leipzig (Germany)

From Michael Evers, Gesellschaft für Unterstützte Kommunikation e.V.:

Date: 14-16 November 2019
Venue: Leipzig, Germany

"Looking at AAC" – the biennial congress of "Gesellschaft für Unterstützte Kommunikation e.V." (German speaking society for augmentative und alternative communication) will be taking place from 14-16 November 2019 in Leipzig, Germany.

Almost 800 participants joined lectures and workshops of roundabout 120 Speakers at our last congress in 2017. More than 25 companies and societies presented their innovations and technologies at our exhibition. The congress shall be a place for getting together beyond institutional or organisational limitations.

To promote the exchange and cooperation for AAC in Europe (and beyond), we would like to offer an English-language program at our congress. We would be pleased if you support us by submitting a lecture or workshop to our congress program.

Here you can register your lecture or workshop until January 31, 2019:

If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to send us an e-mail to

We hope to meet you at our congress in Leipzig in November.

9. AAC & Literacy Best Practice Study Day

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2019
Venue: Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 8DY

Communication Matters, in collaboration with Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland, is delighted to present the third in a series of AAC and Literacy Study Days. The aim of these Study Days is to improve the literacy learning of students who have complex communication needs, particularly those who use AAC.

This Study Day will approach literacy learning from the context of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence with the principle that literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning. Topics will range from early and emergent skills, to using accessible books, through exploration of inclusive literacy approaches. There will be opportunities for collaborative learning and sharing of knowledge and experiences. There will be a range of session formats including a mixture of speaker sessions and hands-on practical sessions with resources.

Who is the study day aimed at?
The whole team!

  • Parents and other family members
  • Staff from both mainstream schools and specialist provision
  • Health professionals including Speech and Language Therapists

Keynote Speaker: Maureen Donnelly

Costs: £65 for CM members, £75 for non-members and £40 for family members of AAC users

Visit our website for further details.

10. About Friday Announcements

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

Please email the item you want to be included by Thursday 5pm - no more than 200 words (one entry per organisation per week) - and include contact email and/or link so readers can find out further information - no file attachments please. Communication Matters will review, collate and post suitable submissions.