Friday Announcements – 26 November 2021

1. UEA SLT Society are Fundraising for Communication Matters
2. CALL Scotland Online Learning Workshop
3. ‘Embodied Memory: Story Recall with Complex Needs’ Webinar

News from Communication Matters:
4. Online Shopping Donations
5. Could you be the next Treasurer of Communication Matters?
6. CM2022 International AAC Conference – Save The Date!
7. CM Office Closed on Monday & Tuesday
8. About Friday Announcements


1. UEA SLT Society are Fundraising for Communication Matters

From Lucie Aldrich, University of East Anglia (UEA):

I am a Speech and Language Therapy student at UEA, and I am also the ‘Giving Voice’ representative for the SLT Society. Every year we have a ‘Giving Voice’ week, which is based around spreading awareness of our profession and the people we work with, including people with language, communication, and swallowing disorders.

Every year we run activities within the week to raise money for a chosen charity and this year we are fundraising for Communication Matters, as we believe strongly in your message and would like to help channel that message to others. Our ‘Giving Voice’ week is this week (from 21st November) and we have had multiple activities throughout the week to help raise money and spread awareness, such as a bake sale, a sport event, and a sponsored silence, just to name a few!

Please visit our JustGiving page and help us raise as much as possible for Communication Matters!


2. CALL Scotland Online Learning Workshop

From Esther Beeston, CALL Scotland:

Developing numeracy skills for learners with Complex Needs
Claire Harrison, CALL Scotland
16.00-17.30 GMT, Thursday 2nd December 2021, £40 pp

Unsure of how to plan and deliver motivating, meaningful and engaging numeracy activities with your class of Complex Needs Learners? This workshop will provide a range of practical ideas and tools rooted in the latest research and best practice.

Participants will learn about the development and progression of early mathematical skills and concepts and consider how these relate to children and young people with complex additional support needs.

This online workshop will give participants the opportunity to engage with the research and explore practical ideas and tools for putting it into practice. We will explore creative ways of adapting and innovating in order to make learning materials more accessible including ideas for using iPad apps, Software and ‘No tech’ practical materials as well as switch and eye gaze accessible resources. We will also highlight useful resources, information and websites.


3.Embodied Memory: Story Recall with Complex Needs’ Webinar

From Nicola Grove, Surviving through Story:

Storysharing Masterclass with Gunnar Vege & Nicola Grove
December 2nd, 16.00-17.30

Gunnar is a specialist in the education of people with congenital deaf blindness. Here he will lead us through a practical demonstration of how memories can be co-created through dialogue and revisited actively in a story with people who have complex sensory impairments, including those with PMLDs.

Free to parent carers. Register here.


4. Online Shopping Donations

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Did you know when you shop online via Amazon Smile and Give as you Live, the retailer will donate a percentage of your spend to us, at no extra to you!

Click here to shop via AmazonSmile (Charity name: ISAAC UK) – you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as AmazonSmile is also available in the Amazon Shopping app. Set us as your favourite charity now, then just remember to shop at AmazonSmile next time.

Click here to shop via Give as you Live (Charity name: Communication Matters) – you could generate free donations on any online purchases you make at over 5,500 top retailers! You can also set a donation reminder which pops up when you visit an eligible retailer’s website. Sign up today!

Click here to set us as your favourite charity on PayPal – this means you can choose to donate £1 to Communication Matters whenever you checkout using PayPal. Set us as your favourite charity now!

Your support is really appreciated, thank you.


5. Could you be the next Treasurer of Communication Matters?

We are looking for people with skills in finance to become our next Treasurer of Communication Matters! This person would ideally have a background in finance but doesn’t necessarily need to know about AAC. Typically, the Treasurer’s duties include managing and overseeing the financial affairs of the organisation, as well as budgets and reports, but we promise there are fun jobs too!

If you love a good spreadsheet or know someone who does then please get in touch. Being a Trustee requires stamina, commitment, and skill mixing, but it is also very stimulating, enjoyable, and rewarding.

Neil Hansen has returned as co-opted Treasurer in the interim until we can find someone to take on the role longer term. A typical Trustee term is for three years. Volunteers sought – please contact us on for more details.


6. CM2022 International AAC Conference – Save The Date!

The Communication Matters International AAC Conference will take place at the University of Leeds from Sunday 11th – Tuesday 13th September 2022. Get the dates in your diaries now!

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.

Watch this space for more information!


7. CM Office Closed on Monday & Tuesday

The Communication Matters Office will be closed on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th November. We will re-open on Wednesday 1st December. Please send any enquiries to and we will get back to you as soon as possible on re-opening. Thank you for your understanding.


8. About Friday Announcements

These ‘Friday Announcements’ comprise weekly product updates, upcoming courses and supplier news. Please email with the item you want to be included by Thursday at 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.

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