Alternative and Augmentative Communication – forthcoming staff development events

VOCA oaklands touchscreen close-upAAC encompasses a range of strategies used by people who cannot speak, or who have speech that is difficult for others to understand. Some forthcoming staff development events will focus on techniques and issues.

Staying on TrAACk on 26th October, is a one-day event at St John’s Hospital in Livingston. Appropriate for people with some experience, or a particular interest, in working with AAC users, the day will look at a range of topics, including: facilitating and reviewing transitions; AAC in a community adult service; and literacy and AAC. With lots of opportunities for questions and networking, the cost to attend is £20. For more details and to book a place, contact Jane Donnelly at FAACT on 08451 555555 or at

Using Digital Images for Communication will be hosted at KeyComm in Edinburgh on the afternoon of 9th November. This course focuses upon using digital images to support communication. Looking at how to use images within PowerPoint, Word and Boardmaker, a small part of the course will also look at using digital images within specific communication aids. Please book online using the booking form in the downloads area at

If you’re interested in technology to assist communication and/or complex physical computer access needs, keep your eyes on the blog for news about the Communication Matters Roadshows around Scotland in December. And do check out the BRITE seminar looking at methods to create accessible information for learners with profound and complex needs – this one day course in January will look at a range of methods you can try with students.

Photograph by CactusID for BRITE for 2008 Survey of Provision in Scotland’s Colleges for Students with Profound and Complex Needs.

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