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Around since 1983 working as a Research and Development centre as well as a working Service unit. Both elements are necessary and important – they inform, enrich and support each other.
Their mission is…
To provide pupils and families, local authorities and professionals with –
- Strategic Leadership
- Pupil Assessment and Support
- Professional Learning and Training
- Specialist Information and Expert Advice
- Assistive Technology Loans and Technical Support
- Knowledge Transfer, Research and Development
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Want to know more about AAC?
This website provides straightforward access to a range of practical AAC resources commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and created by CALL Scotland. In addition, you will find further AAC resources created as part of CALL’s day-to-day AAC work.
Communication Matters is involved in a wide range of activities, including:
- Campaigning: for equitable national provision of AAC services and equipment
- Roadshows: UK-wide programme of update days on AAC development, run in partnership with commercial members.
- Conference: annual conference for people who use AAC, family members, and professionals.
- Study Days: training days in specific areas of interest and ‘hot topics’ in AAC.
- Publications: series of leaflets, range of journals, books and DVD
- E-News: the latest news on AAC, delivered monthly by email.
- AAC Forum: ask questions and share knowledge about AAC with others online.
- Small Grants: available for not-for-profit projects that further the aims of Communication Matters.
- Research: undertaking ground-breaking AAC research projects.
- Alan Martin Award: made annually to a person who uses AAC and has made a significant contribution to the creative arts.
- ISAAC: Communication Matters is the UK Chapter of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
The RERC on AAC is a collaborative center committed to advancing knowledge and producing innovative engineering solutions in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The RERC on AAC will support a research and development program that addresses three areas of rehabilitation science and engineering:
- Improving access to technologies through exploration of innovative approaches and through integration of multi-modalities;
- Developing innovative language support technologies, including natural language processing and computer-mediation, to support effective communication for children and adults with limited access to language;
- Improving the human computer interface to reduce cognitive visual processing demands and enhance communication performance.