Friday Announcements – 24 June 2022

1. Research Opportunity for AAC Users
2. Augmented Reality Facial Exercise App
3. 1Voice Summer Festival – Volunteers Needed
4. CCAS Job Vacancy
5. Personal Assistant – York

News from Communication Matters:
6. BAC Study Day Feedback
7. CM2022 Great Book Draw
8. Glasgow AAC Information Day 2022
9. Call for Nominations for Trustees
10. CM2022 International AAC Conference – Register Here
11. About Friday Announcements

 

1. Research Opportunity for AAC Users

From Jennifer Silberstein, University of Dundee:

My name is Jennifer Silberstein and I’m a student in the MSc alternative and augmentative communication program at the University of Dundee.

I will be conducting a research project supervised by Professor Annalu Waller to assess the impact of AAC on quality of life. The research will be carried out by doing interviews with experienced AAC users between the ages of 18-25. If you are interested in participating or obtaining more information, please contact me or Professor Annalu using the information provided below.

Jennifer Silberstein: 2479651@dundee.ac.uk
Professor Annalu Waller: a.waller@dundee.ac.uk

 

2. Augmented Reality Facial Exercise App

From James Coleman, face2face:

face2face is a smartphone and tablet app that helps its users to perform facial exercises. For those who are uncomfortable with how facial paralysis has changed their appearance, face2face includes special modes to blur your face, or show an augmented reality mask instead of your face. You can also track your exercises and share your activity with friends and family.

Get it for free here: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/face2face-facial-exercises/id1624231693

What exercises would you like to see in the app? What more would you like the app to do? E-mail your ideas to mrjameslcoleman@gmail.com.

 

3. 1Voice Summer Festival – Volunteers Needed

From Jo Cope, 1Voice:

We still have volunteer places available at our summer weekend on 29-31 July at Treloar College, Alton, Hampshire.

This is our first national weekend in three years, and we are really looking forward to it. Could you be part of our team and help support 25 AAC users and their families? You could volunteer for the whole weekend or join us just for the Saturday (full day or morning or afternoon). Accommodation can be provided. Meals and refreshments included. Travel can be reimbursed where agreed in advance.

To find out more, please get in touch with Jo at events@1voice.info.

 

4. CCAS Job Vacancy

From Michelle Thole, Chailey Communication Aid Service:

We have a vacancy for a Clinical Scientist at the Chailey Communication Aid Service (CCAS) service.

Working with a team of Clinical Scientists, Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and assistants who assess, provide and maintain communication aids and access technology for adults and children in Sussex and Surrey who meet the NHS England referral criteria. The role will be to attend (and lead as appropriate) appointments in all areas of the referral pathway. You will lead elements of the service’s continual development including in areas of equipment management and the quality management system

The link to the advert is here: https://beta.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/C9150-22-0507

 

5. Personal Assistant – York

From Liz Moulam:

Recruiting to work with a young woman with a passion for life who lives independently. In September she returns to university to begin a post graduate course and needs a female personal assistant with a good sense of humour, patience and enthusiasm to join her dedicated 24 hour support team.

With a complex physical disability she relies on AAC, hearing aids and lip reading to communicate throughout her waking day. Her personal assistant’s also translate her dysarthric speech for spontaneity and provide full academic and daily living support as directed.

No two days are the same. You will join a great team who work on a 1-1 basis around the clock (including at least one sleeping night per week), for some activities you will also work with another team member. Apart from being a female graduate and a driver, only life experience is needed, comprehensive training is provided.

Starting salary: £26,390 basic (35 waking hours per week) plus weekend and overnight sleeping supplements. Pension. Meals on shift.  Full time permanent position.

Contact: Lizmoulam@aol.com for more information.

 

6. BAC Study Day Feedback

Becoming an Aided Communicator (BAC) – Theory, Methods, Findings and Practical Implications

Thank you to everyone who attended the Becoming an Aided Communicator Study Day on 21st June. We hope you all found the day informative and useful.

We were pleased to welcome 116 delegates in Leeds or on Zoom. As well as our UK delegates, people joined from across the globe (from 20 different countries: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United States)!

You should have all received an email requesting feedback at the end of the day, so if you haven’t done so already, please complete our feedback survey – this will help us to improve our future events. Thank you!

 

7. CM2022 Great Book Draw

Wanted: Recently Published Books

Are you the author of a recently published (or about to be 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 CM2022 Conference Programme?

Why not donate a copy to the CM2022 Great Book Draw? Approximately 400 delegates will have the opportunity to sign up for the Great Book Draw which will be held during the International AAC Conference at the University of Leeds on 11-13 September.

If you are interested, please email admin@communicationmatters.org.uk.

 

8. Glasgow AAC Information Day 2022

This AAC Information Day is a product demonstration day supported and presented by our Commercial Members from the UK’s leading suppliers of communication aids, equipment, software and symbol systems.

The day consists of five sessions which provide information and offer up-to-date knowledge on the range of AAC products available in the UK. There will also be an exhibition period where you can try out products.

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2022
Venue: Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Beardmore Street, Clydebank, Glasgow, G81 4SA
Cost: FREE to attend! Lunch & refreshments are provided.

To find out which suppliers are attending, please visit our website by clicking on the links below:
> Read more about AAC Information Days
> Request a place on this AAC Information Day

Booking opens soon!

 

9. Call for Nominations for Trustees

The time has come again to request nominations for Trustees for the next term in the life of Communication Matters. This is a role which demands stamina, commitment and skill mixing but which can be very stimulating and enlightening!

This year there are four vacant places to be filled and the opportunity of appointing a further three Co-opted Trustees as appropriate. The announcement of Trustees will take place at the Annual Meeting of Associate Members on Sunday 11th September 2022 at the University of Leeds, during the Communication Matters International AAC Conference.

For more information and to download a nomination form, please go to: https://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/news/call-for-trustees-2022/

Completed nomination forms must reach us by Friday 22nd July.

 

10. CM2022 International AAC Conference – Register Here

The Communication Matters International AAC Conference will take place at the University of Leeds from 11th – 13th September 2022.

Over the course of two and a half days, participants will enjoy a diverse programme of keynotes, plenaries, presentations, posters and talks from AAC supplier companies.

The conference provides a unique forum to meet and exchange information with representatives from all disciplines associated with AAC, including AAC users, parents, personal assistants, professionals, and suppliers of AAC equipment. Communication Matters encourages and supports AAC users to attend.

Our Keynote Speakers are Richard Cave and Beth Moulam! Richard is a Speech and Language Therapist and PhD candidate at UCL. He currently works with the MND Association, providing training and practical support for communication technology and voice banking. Beth is a high-tech communication aid user who graduated from the University of York in Social Policy, and in 2021 she realised a lifelong dream to become a Paralympian, representing GB in Tokyo at boccia.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Sustainability’, with a ‘preloved’ fancy dress party, in an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Residential accommodation will be in modern student residences, which is at the centre of the pedestrianised campus. The transport links to Leeds are very good, with a nearby airport and train station.

You can see prices of registration here and you can book online on this link too. Book early to take advantage of the Early Bird discount which expires on 15 July!

Registration is now open! So don’t delay and book your place today by going to our conference website now.


11. About Friday Announcements

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