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A Survival Guide to Communication Matters and Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Dithe Fisher
  • Gillian Hazell

AAC? CM? PCS? PECS? ISAAC? VOCA? Confused yet?

We aim to give a Survival Guide relevant to those who have not been to Communication Matters (CM) before, and/or those who want an overview of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) field.

In plain language, we describe the full range of AAC from ‘no tech’ to ‘high tech’. We highlight some of the main features that distinguish one system from another. Every field has its jargon: we explain some of the techie terms and common acronyms and give you an essential ‘Acronym Buster’.

We give an overview of how the conference works, who’s who and where to go for help. We introduce CM as a charity: background, role and member benefits. Finally, we take a look at the conference program, highlight some of the themes and decode some of the abstracts to help you plan which sessions to attend.

You will go away ready to make the most out of your two days, whatever background you come from.

Level of Session 
Age Group 
All Ages