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 from these groups will help to shape the development of the AAC Evidence Base.
Recent work to publicise the project has helped to increase awareness of the research and the work of Communication Matters. The leaflet describing the project has been distributed at Naidex, Communication Matters road shows and a national conference on cerebral palsy. The Research Manager has started to receive enquiries from other organisations and individuals and many of these contacts will be useful as the project progresses. If you would like to distribute the leaflet please contact the Research Manager for copies.
Communication Matters has been invited to give a presentation about the research project at the ACE North Network Day on 9 June.
Later this year the researchers will be looking for people from across the UK to participate in the research. If you are a person who uses AAC, a family member, carer or practitioner, please contact the Research Manager to register your interest.