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AAC Evidence Base Research Project: August 2010 Update

Submitted by admin on 31 August 2010 - 9:55am

Big Lottery Fund

The AAC Evidence Base research project is a three-year project funded by the National Lottery through Big Lottery Fund.  Communication Matters is leading the project and working with three research partners: University of Sheffield, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester Metropolitan University.  The project aims to improve the quality of life of people with severe communication impairments who need AAC by raising awareness of their needs and by improving service provision.

We are pleased to announce that David Morgan has been appointed as Research Lead for the project. David was formerly Director of Dynavox UK. He will work closely with the Trustees and Katie Holmes, the Research Manager, to ensure that the project delivers its outcomes. David will be working one day per month initially, increasing to two days per month during the last 6 months of the project.

ISAAC 2010 Conference Feedback

Submitted by admin on 31 August 2010 - 9:37am

Janice Murray, Chair of Communication Matters, writes:

Over 50 people from the UK attended the ISAAC International Conference this summer. The conference programme offered a varied and thought provoking range of presentations. As part of my Communication Matters role, I attended a number of meetings. Here are some of the highlights...

Expert communication aid users wanted for VIVOCA project

Submitted by admin on 10 August 2010 - 1:40pm
Barnsley Assistive Technology Team and Sheffield University are looking for participants to take part in a research study - the team is looking for expert communication aid users and also people who have rejected the use of communication aids.
This study is part of a research project developing a ‘voice-input voice-output communication aid’ (VIVOCA) - a communication aid that recognises some dysarthric speech. The VIVOCA project is focused around including potential users of such a device at all stages of the development process and this study is the first stage of this user involvement. Later on in the project we will also be seeking users to be involved in the development and trial of the device, which already exists as a prototype.