AAC Competition Winner Announced!

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”.  


Research Project: Online Information Searching by Parents of Children who use AAC

Researchers at Deakin University need your help! We want to know how parents of children with a disability search for information about AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) online. AAC is any type of communication that replaces or supports spoken language. It can include sign language, picture cards, symbol or alphabet boards, and electronic speech-generating devices.

This study will require you to complete a survey, and attend a 2-hour internet searching session. Participants will receive a $20 gift voucher for their attendance.

Who can participate?

To participate in this study, you need to be:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Able to speak and read English
  • A parent of a child who uses any type of aided-AAC to communicate
  • Able to travel to one of our research sites: Melbourne city, Burwood, Geelong, Waurn Ponds, Dandenong, Werribee or Craigieburn.

You must also have searched online for any health information (e.g., about yourself or your family), at least once in the past year.

For information about the study, email Dr Kate Anderson at kate.anderson2@deakin.edu.au, or call her on 03 9251 7850.