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The Chailey Communication System: Twenty years on

  • Alison Eccles
  • Rachel Pennell

The Chailey Communication System (CCS) was originally introduced in 1991 at Chailey Heritage. Twenty years on it is still enabling people with severe communication difficulties to express themselves independently. It is a comprehensive communication system which can incorporate symbols, pictures, photographs and text in a book format. This category based system can be expanded or reduced according to the user’s physical ability, language level or interests.

Chailey Heritage Clinical Services and School have been working with Widgit to revise the CCS – to update the vocabulary, layouts, symbols and design. This session will give an overview of the history of the CCS, its current use, how it has been updated and developed over the last year, and how it can be used with a range of client groups.

Level of Session 
Age Group 
All Ages
Topic of interest to people who use AAC
Primary school
Secondary school transition
Further/Higher Education