AAC Evidence Base Research Project: January 2011 Update

The University of Sheffield’s two Research Assistants started work last month.  Manchester Metropolitan University has recruited a Research Assistant who will be starting work shortly.

The research team is looking forward to a busy year in 2011. The University of Sheffield and Barnsley Hospital will be investigating evidence of need for AAC and the current provision of AAC services using a range of research methods. Manchester Metropolitan University will set up focus groups to contribute to the development of the online AAC Evidence Base. They will be working with a co-researcher who is a person who uses AAC. Communication Matters will host the second meeting of the Independent Research Panel in January.

Would you like to participate in the research?  If you are a person who uses AAC, a family member, carer or practitioner, and you are interested in taking part please contact Katie Holmes [email protected]

The AAC Evidence Base research project is a three-year project funded by the National Lottery through Big Lottery Fund. Communication Matters is leading the project and working with three research partners: University of Sheffield, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester Metropolitan University. The project aims to improve the quality of life of people with severe communication impairments who need AAC by raising awareness of their needs and by improving service provision.

For more information about the project visit the Research page on our website www.communicationmatters.org.uk/research