ACE Centre, the national charity that provides expert advice and services in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology, is holding three events across October and November.
AAC encompasses the different methods of communication that can be used to help people with speech disabilities solve everyday communicative challenges.
Assistive Technology refers to the equipment, software, program or systems that can be used to increase, maintain or improve the capabilities of individuals with communication and learning difficulties.
ACE Centre Local AAC Services Day
(Basingstoke & Oldham)
Date: 13th and 20th October 2016
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
ACE Centre is hosting a Local AAC Services Day on 13th October 2016 in Oldham and 20th October in Basingstoke.
The informative Local AAC Services Day will bring together teachers, speech & language therapists, occupational therapists and other AAC and AT professionals from across the North West and South region to explore existing and emerging local AAC provision with local commissioners.
Attendees will be able to hear about the challenges and benefits of accessing Local AAC provision, the emerging AAC services in there their and take part in a Q&A session with a panel that includes a CCG commissioner of a local AAC service, a specialised AAC service manager and a person who uses AAC.
These free events will take place at Hollinwood Business Centre in Hollywood, Oldham on 13th October and at The Ark Conference Centre Ltd in Basingstoke, Hampshire on 20th October.
For further information, visit http://acecentre.org.uk/ace-centre-local-aac-services-day-13th-october-north-20th-october-south
ACE Centre Network Day
Date: 3rd November 2016
Time: 9am - 4pm
Location: Andover, Hampshire
ACE Centre is holding a Network Day in Andover, Hampshire. The day will bring together experts and suppliers in the field of AT and AAC.
The event will offer teachers and health professionals and families the opportunity to hear from specialists on the four blocks approach to literacy for children with complex communication needs, gain advice on what to consider when matching communication needs with access to AAC / AT and find out about the latest developments in the field.
Mike Clarke from the University College London will be talking about the Functional Near Vision Screening in Young Children with Cerebral Palsy tool while representatives from the MND Association will be informing attendees on where to get support at a national and regional level for those with motor neurone disease.
This networking event takes place at Longparish Village Hall in Andover, Hampshire. The event costs £25 for parents, guardians, carers and users of ACE products and £85 for schools, occupational therapists, speech and language professionals and other experts or suppliers.
Further information on this event can be found here: http://acecentre.org.uk/ace-centre-south-network-day-3rd-november-2016