SEN (Special Educational Needs) magazine has published an article by Catherine Harris, Chair of Communication Matters, based on the AAC Evidence Base report. The article is entitled ‘Without a voice’ and begins:
“If you are unable to walk, it is natural to expect access to a wheelchair. If you cannot talk or express yourself, why then are you unable to access a communication aid that could change your life, giving you the independence a wheelchair gives the non-walker?
“It is a human right to be empowered to communicate. Yet in the UK, low levels of public recognition exist around augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and in particular the needs and abilities of those who need AAC support. Without access to AAC, life for those with speech difficulties can be lonely, difficult and isolating.”