The UK arm of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication turns 30 this year. Communication Matters has been at the heart of AAC for many people in that time – representing both users and professionals, conducting research and raising awareness of AAC up and down the country.
This September, Communication Matters Annual Conference (CM2016) will bring together world-leading suppliers of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) technology to exhibit the latest advances in products and services. From Sunday 11th – Tuesday 13th September, over 400 people will visit the event in Leeds. Along with platform and poster presentations, there will be an exhibition which will provide an opportunity for AAC users, their families and professionals to meet the people behind the assistive technology – like us! The perfect time to check out the latest innovations and provide feedback on the solutions available now.
Toby Hewson, Trustee for Communication Matters and user of AAC, said when asked about the event:
“Using a communication device to do something that most people take for granted every day is second nature to me now. To be engaged with the world, have the freedom to speak my mind and, most importantly to me, help others to understand about disability and difference is all made possible by my communication aid. My voice is an expression of my personality, it sets each one of us apart from others and it’s therefore key that the technology is non-intrusive and practical in all environments. The exhibition gives myself and others the opportunity to explore new technologies, find out how research is advancing and ultimately offering a chance to see and try out new pieces of kit – after all, who doesn’t like a new bit of tech!?”
We can’t wait to see everyone and this year promises to be a highlight. Today is the first full day and the atmosphere is incredible!
Happy 30th Birthday Communication Matters – you’re doing it in style.
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