Guest post- Scope Victoria celebrates AAC Awareness month

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