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!
Thanks to Fiona Given for this article:
AAC Voice Halloween Picnic
This year AAC Voice marked AAC Awareness Month by hosting a Halloween themed picnic on the 31st October at the Kokoda Memorial Track picnic area in Rhodes.
We really appreciated the people who were new to AAC Voice, especially those who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), who came.
People used a range of low tech and high tech AAC. We also had a variety of AAC methods demonstrated on the day. These included PODD communication systems, Liberator communication devices and Key Word Sign NSW.
There were witches and fairies. The picnic area was decorated in true Halloween style with Halloween balloons, tablecloths and even a pumpkin!
The greatest thing about this year’s event was the diversity of the people who came. There were people who used AAC, speech pathologists, owner and chef from a nearby pizza restaurant, an audiologist, a teacher, a GP and a social worker. We really did raise awareness of AAC
The 2014 international conference is fast approaching!
Check out the website for updates and information https://www.isaac-online.org/english/conference-2014/
Some important points to note from Franklin at the international office
here is transportation provided for all Conference 2014 registrants between the “ISAAC’s Picks” hotels and the Lisboa Conference Centre.
We are also working with our conference organizing company in Lisbon to have a full document of important information (ie medical, assistive device repair, wheelchair repair, services, etc.) created and made available on the ISAAC website.
BTW, the information about the transportation is up on the ISAAC website, at https://www.isaac-online.org/english/conference-2014/hotel-accommodation/, and was also included in broadcast emails that we had sent when the system opened for registration.
Stay tuned for more info about the ISAAC-Australia scholarship opportunities.
Scope celebrates ISAAC’s International AAC Awareness month by encouraging people to get together during October to share a Silent Morning Tea.
The concept for a Silent Morning Tea was developed by staff at Scope’s Communication Resource Centre in 2007 and held annually at Scope’s Central Office.
In 2012, the event was publicised more widely. More than 60 services and organisation registered to participate. In 2013 this number grew to 143 registrations, including three international registrations.
Participants in Scope’s Silent Morning Tea received a bingo game to play without using speech and a variety of communication boards. Participants were encouraged to use pen and paper, communication apps and key word sign/gesture to get their message across. There was also a video online highlighting AAC awareness month and introducing the Silent Morning Tea.
Some comments about the Silent Morning Tea included:
“Experienced the frustration that people with communication difficulties must experience all the time”
“A great way to raise awareness”
The Silent Morning Tea was a great way to raise awareness about augmentative and alternative communication. Scope hopes that the Silent Morning Tea will continue to grow in numbers each year.
Scope is a Victorian disability service provider, providing services to 4,097 people with a disability. For further information visit http://www.scopevic.org.au
ISAAC Australia had the pleasure of attending the AGOSCI conference (http://www.agosci.org.au/index.htm) in Sydney in May.
ISAAC Aust has a long standing relationship with AGOSCI and host a silent auction each year. The funds raised at the silent auction go towards supporting people who use AAC to attend the ISAAC international conference. The next conference is in Lisbon, Portugal in 2014.
The items at the silent auction were quirky, different, personal and interesting. There was something for everyone! Many people were locked in fierce battles for that item they had to have.
Thank you to everyone who donated the many and varied items. The auction raised an outstanding total of $892! A great success.
Many thanks to AGOSCI for their support, Bronwyn Hemsley and Meredith Allan for their tireless work. And to everyone who purchased something!