We are delighted to announce the winner to our ‘AACess All Areas’ Multimedia Competition that ran October – November this year. Entrants were asked to submit original pieces including artwork, videos, songs, or poems, that captured what AAC and/or accessibility meant to them.
Our winner was Nancy Petrone, a woman with a passion for drawing and painting. For our competition, Nancy drew elephants to symbolise her device. She stated that elephants are “good luck”, and “that’s what my device is to me”.
A reminder that we have extended our AAC Awareness Month competition with the closing date for all entries now the 30th November 2017.
The theme is AACess All Areas, and we invite you to submit original pieces including artwork, videos, songs, or poems, that capture what AAC and/or accessibility means to you.
We will be offering two prizes of $100 for the best entry, to be judged by an external panel.
Submit your entries via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ISAAC Conference 2018 Call for papers
Theme: AACess all areas
Submissions close on September 30, 2017 @ 18:00 GMT.
The 2017 AGOSCI conference will be held in Melbourne from 17th to 20th May. You can find a registration form at www.agosci.org.au/Conference-2017.
Hope to see you there!
Thanks to Emma and Toni Green for this report:
thank you ISAAC Australia for the grant that helped with conference costs.
The thing I loved most was seeing my friends who use AAC, speech therapists and other people I know.
I’m crazy excited that ISAAC will be in Australia in 2018.
It was great to see so many people from Australia at the conference, and to meet folk from Canada and other places around the world who use AAC or support people who do in one way or another.
The trade displays were fantastic and there was the latest technology available to try out.
The conference dinner and dance was hilarious, Emma got a lot of footage on her GoPro (but we daren’t make it public, it’s too funny!!)
As usual there were some brilliant presentations from people who use AAC . We particularly enjoyed Beth Moulam’s presentation on interviewing and hiring support staff.
It was great to be part of the Town Hall meeting, I was there to support Emma and as her scribe, so I got to watch and listen but say nothing (always good for parents to do!).
Jane and co did a great ad for the 2018 conference at the closing ceremony, and we have ISAAC the Moose travelling with us until we return to Australia to help spread the word about the conference.
I would really encourage parents to consider supporting their family member at the conference, it’s a great way to build networks, to learn and to see your family member grow in confidence as they communicate with others in a safe environment.
ISAAC Australia is excited to announce that the ISAAC international conference is coming down under for the first time ever. The conference will be held on the Gold Coast in 2018. This news was announced at the 2016 ISAAC conference in Toronto on 10th August. Watch this space for more details!