Invitation to webinar – National rollout of the Communication Access Symbol

  1. Are you interested to learn how you can be part of the national rollout of communication access?
  2. Are you an organization that has experience in delivering services to individuals with communication difficulties?
  3. Are you interested in providing people who use AAC with the opportunity to have open employment?
  4. Are you interested to find out what is needed to obtain a licence to carry out communication access assessments and award the Communication Access Symbol?

Your webinar invitation is attached:

http://www.scopeaust.org.au/service/communication-access/.

Reflections on the ISAAC 2016 conference in Toronto

Thanks to Emma and Toni Green for this report:

Emma:
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.

Toni:
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.

Are you ready for AAC Awareness month?

October is AAC awareness month. Have you thought about what you would like to do to celebrate?  Here are some ideas:

Host a silent morning tea.  You can find all the information you need here:  http://www.scopeaust.org.au/silent-morning-tea/ .

Raise funds for ISSAC Australia with “I have something to say” wristbands – available for $2 each from Meredith Allan mmallan@netspace.net.au.

Advertise the ISAAC 2018 international conference on the Gold Coast with fridge magnets, also available from Meredith.

Or stay tuned for an exciting ISAAC Australia opportunity… details to follow!

 

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V/Line and Public Transport Victoria are now communication accessible!

AAC users traveling in Victoria will be glad to know that regional and metropolitan train services are now communication accessible.  Find out more at www.vline.com.au/Fares-general-info/Additional-pages/Communications-Access.  You can also download communication tools here.

There is a lovely video with lots of AAC use at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP1kQPFV3GM.

ISAAC conference comes to Australia!

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!fireworks

Free access to AAC journal articles – Have you seen this post from the ISAAC website?

30th Anniversary Free Access Event

It has been 30 years since the founding of the Augmentative and Alternative Communication journal in 1985. To celebrate this milestone, the AAC journal editors, past and present, and publisher Taylor & Francis are providing key articles free for a period of 30 days. One article will be featured each week during the month of October 2015. These releases coincide with International AAC Awareness Month, celebrated every year in October. Two additional articles will be available in December 2015.

We are excited to announce the first featured article, now available online:

  • Early Intervention and AAC: What a Difference 30 Years Makes
    MaryAnn Romski, Rose A. Sevcik, Andrea Barton-Hulsey & Ani S. Whitmore
    AAC, 31, 181-202.

Abstract: This article provides an overview of early intervention and AAC over the 30-year period since the founding of the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication in 1985. It discusses the global context for early intervention and addresses issues pertaining to young children from birth to 6 years of age. It provides a narrative review and synthesis of the evidence base in AAC and early intervention. Finally, it provides implications for practice and future research directions.

Re-visit this page for updates throughout October!

  • To view the above featured article, please click here.
  • For more International AAC Awareness Month updates, please click here.