Friday Announcements – 30 July 2021

1. Care Provision for the Ill & Disabled and Symbolic Quizzes
2. Technologies for People Living with MND Webinar
3. DYNSEO and Your Brain is a New Hero!
4. Predictable – Looking for Feedback
5. Liberator Ltd – Introducing Via® Pro
6. #500mileswithoutavoice Challenge

News from Communication Matters:
7. AAC Awards 2021 – Nominations Close Today!
8. CM2021 International AAC Conference – Draft Programme & Registration
9. About Friday Announcements


1. Care Provision for the Ill & Disabled and Symbolic Quizzes

From Tony Jones, Talksense:

Talksense has published Tony’s latest article online. It is entitled ‘Good Practice in the Care of People Of Disability Who are Bed-Bound’ and details Tony’s experience in the year following his major stroke. Tony has a left hemiplegia and other complications arising from the stroke including issues with communication. All is covered in the article which can be read here –

On a different topic, Talksense has several pages of symbol quizzes which are both fun and challenging. Symbols are used to encode famous songs; the task is to decode them and discover the hidden song title. The quiz can be found here –


2. Technologies for People Living with MND Webinar

From Richard Cave, Motor Neurone Disease Association:

“Until there is a cure for MND, technology is the cure”- Steve Gleason.

Join us for a 60-minute online webinar on Thursday 5th Aug at 12 noon.

An abundance of technological innovations are being made to improve quality of life and give us insights into MND in a meaningful way. This webinar will explore several student projects that were part of the ‘Accessibility and Assistive Technologies’ module at University College London. Each project focused on the design of technologies for people living with MND helping bridge the gap between the capabilities of the person and those required to conduct a task.

New thinking about old problems.

Register here:

Richard Cave [email protected]


3. DYNSEO and Your Brain is a New Hero!

From Ines Giulia, Dynseo:

Currently with 3 brain training apps, Dynseo develops programs on tablet for children and adults with and without cognitive impairment. The goal is to give access to a set of ready-to-use games for the users and their caregivers, whether they are family or professional.

The Coco app is meant for children from 5 to 10 years, to help train all the cognitive functions, develop vocabulary, understanding, reading skills and cultural knowledge through fun and educational games. Scarlett is our program for teens and adults with cognitive impairment which focuses on the stimulation of the player. The programs allow for a personalized training with 3 levels of difficulty in each game.

All our apps are free to try for one week on Apple and Android tablets.

You can contact us at [email protected] to set up a call for an online demo.


4. Predictable – Looking for Feedback

From Brad Jordan, Therapy Box Ltd:

We’re always on the lookout for ways to improve Predictable. If you are a Predictable user and have any thoughts or ideas, no matter how small, we’d love to hear them! Click here to fill in a short survey. We would be very grateful if you could take the time to fill it in – feedback like this is very valuable to us and shapes the way the app will grow in the future. As always, if you have any other comments or questions, or would like to be involved, you can email us at [email protected]. Thank you!


5. Liberator Ltd – Introducing Via® Pro

From Mick Davies, Liberator Ltd:

Introducing the Via® Pro, an 11.2″ communication solution, built on the processing power of iOS. The Via Pro offers familiarity for iOS lovers and it’s easy-to-use and intuitive, right out of the box. Via Pro includes traditional access methods such as touch access with optional keyguards, switches and new head tracking as standard.

The Via Pro is available with a choice from three of the most popular AAC apps on the market today.

  • TouchChat® with WordPower™
  • LAMP Words for Life®
  • Dialogue™ AAC

To find out more visit – or contact your Regional AAC Consultant here –


6. #500mileswithoutavoice Challenge

From Jamie Preece,

I’m doing my #500mileswithoutavoice challenge again from 1st July to 1st August!

The aim is to raise funds and awareness for CM.

You can follow my progress at Jamie’s #500mileswithoutavoice | Facebook and donate here Jamie Preece is fundraising for Communication Matters / ISAAC (UK) (


7. AAC Awards 2021 – Nominations Close Today!

It may have been a strange year, but we still have reasons to celebrate! We are delighted to be able to open nominations for the AAC Awards 2021. They will be held remotely on the evening of Friday 17th September 2021 to close our virtual Communication Matters AAC Conference and hope to bring together all the glitz and excitement of our inaugural ones held in 2019.

There will be 5 categories this time as follows:

  • The Jamie Munro Award
  • The Alan Martin Award
  • Group of the Year Award
  • The Rising Star Award
  • Outstanding Community Inclusion (Lockdown Legend) Award

Please think about individuals or groups who you would like to nominate. The nomination form can be downloaded from our awards website, so please use it or pass onto others.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 30th July.

We can’t wait to hear about your fantastic nominees and really look forward to celebrating with you in September.

Keep an eye on our awards website for more information about the night as we have it!


8. CM2021 International AAC Conference – Draft Programme & Registration

The Communication Matters International AAC Conference will take place virtually from Monday 13th – Friday 17th September 2021.

Over the course of five half days online, participants will enjoy a diverse programme of keynotes, plenaries, presentations, posters and talks from AAC supplier companies. Many presentations will also be made available to delegates to watch in their own time after the conference week has ended.

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.

We are aiming to welcome over 400 attendees to the conference, which will include 80+ presentations, social events and more. We also have some fantastic keynote speakers lined up.

This year’s conference theme is ‘CM2021 – Making Connections’! We know we can’t meet up in person, but we don’t want that to stop us from networking and socialising together virtually and there will be plenty of opportunities to connect this year at #CM2021conf.

Registration is open! So don’t delay and book your place today.

Draft programme now available – please note that this is still subject to change, and registered delegates will be provided with a final full programme prior to the conference start date.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

9. About Friday Announcements

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