Friday Announcements – 30 April 2021

1. Rhyming Multisensory Stories
2. Memorial Service for Bruce Baker
3. AAC Solutions for Aphasia – 5th May

News from Communication Matters:
4. CM2021 International AAC Conference – Call for Papers – Final Day!
5. CM AAC User Focus Group – Next Meeting on 14th May
6. CM2021 Great Book Draw
7. CM Office Closed Next Week
8. About Friday Announcements


1. Rhyming Multisensory Stories

From Victoria, Rhyming Multisensory Stories:

Offering free, fully resourced, step-by-step multisensory stories aimed at connecting individuals with SEND to literature, culture & topic.


2. Memorial Service for Bruce Baker

From Bob Conti, Minspeak:

Memorial Service for: Bruce R. Baker (1/22/43 – 5/7/20)

  • Date and Time: Friday May 21, 2021 at 10:00am EST
  • Location: Christ United Methodist Church, 44 Highland Rd, Bethel Park, PA 15102
  • You can also attend by Zoom: (link to follow soon).

Please RSVP to Renee McGough at whether you will attend the service in person or via Zoom.

Questions: – Bob Conti


3. AAC Solutions for Aphasia – 5th May

From Jack Tallant, Ace Centre:

There are spaces available for our amazing course ‘AAC solutions for Aphasia’. The interactive webinar is with Ace Centre staff on 5th May – book now!

This session will explore AAC resources and strategies that can benefit people with Aphasia who have difficulty with their language and speech. The session includes a live interactive webinar and provides information about further resources to download. In addition to exploring resources that may be of a benefit, you will be supported to reflect on your communication partner skills and ways that you can assist effective interactions.

The webinar duration is 1 1/2 hrs. Additional online learning materials will be available following the webinar.


4. CM2021 International AAC Conference – Call for Papers – Final Day!

You are invited to contribute to the Communication Matters 2021 International AAC Conference.

The CM2021 conference will take place virtually from Monday 13th – Friday 17th September 2021.

We are still accepting abstracts in the usual way and would be delighted to receive them!

We have based our topic areas on the three aspects of evidence-based practice:

  • Best Research Evidence
  • Clinical and Professional Experience
  • Personal Stories and Preferences

Again, this year we will be using an online submission programme called Aventri. You will be asked to login and submit a simple form with a title and a short summary about your talk (maximum 300 words).

Papers can be submitted as either a platform presentation (30 minutes), a poster, or a shorter Lightning Talk (6.25 minutes). We particularly welcome contributions from AAC users and family members. We would also be interested to hear your experiences of telehealth this year. We are really pleased to see all the abstracts coming in so far, but we would also love to see some more abstracts from: 1. Professionals who are working with adult clients and 2. Teachers or those working within a school curriculum. If this is you, please have a look at the link below!

The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm today, Friday 30th April 2021. Please complete your abstracts today. If you do not submit your paper by this time it will not be considered for the conference.

Further information can be found on our website:

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity, please email


5. CM AAC User Focus Group – Next Meeting on 14th May

The group acts as a focus group for Communication Matters and is a vehicle to hear the views of AAC users on CM and its activities and actions. This group is also undertaking some work on behalf of CM led by AAC users, for example, fundraising activities. This group is more suited for older AAC users.

Please contact if you would like to join the next meeting of the AAC User Focus Group. This is being held on Friday 14th May 2021 at 2pm.


6. CM2021 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 on the Communication Matters Conference website?

Why not donate a copy to the CM2021 Great Book Draw? Approximately 450 delegates will have the opportunity to sign up for the Great Book Draw which will be held during the virtual International AAC Conference from 13-17 September 2021.

If you are interested, please email


7. CM Office Closed Next Week

The Communication Matters Office will be closed next week from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th May while our staff member takes annual leave.

This means there will be no Friday Announcements next week.

We will re-open on Monday 10th May, with the next Friday Announcements on Friday 14th May.

Please send any general enquiries or submissions for the Friday Announcements 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.