October marks the start of International AAC Awareness Month, an annual celebration for many AAC users and those working in assistive technology. Each year, the AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) community comes together to find new ways to raise the profile of AAC, and help share the potential that technology can have for people who cannot easily communicate.
This year, we started planning ways to celebrate AAC Awareness Month earlier than ever before, with help from Speech and Language Therapist Daisy, and our wonderful Facebook Community.
Read on to learn how we’re shouting about AAC this October, and find out how you can join in and ‘show your voice’.
1. Learn all about Simple AAC with our video series during AAC Awareness Month 2022
Simple AAC is an easy way to remember nine strategies which can be used to support someone to learn symbols to communicate.
Follow along this October as we release a new series explaining each of the nine strategies that make up ‘Simple AAC‘ starting with ‘Show’.
2. Share your story about using or supporting someone with AAC
This year’s theme for AAC Awareness Month is ‘show your voice’. That’s why, we asked members of our Facebook Community to get involved by telling us about how they get the most out of using Grid or an AAC device, to help shine a light on all the possibilities to communicate and participate in the world.
Throughout October, we’ll be sharing some of your stories though user takeovers, and inviting guest speakers to join us for live Q&A sessions across our social media platforms.
Join the Facebook Community to share your own personal story, or hear from other AAC users and their families about how to access communication in Grid.
3. Hear what ‘show your voice’ means to Smartboxers
There are hundreds of people working behind the scenes at Smartbox to make Grid software and AAC devices for those who cannot easily communicate. From engineering and software development, to service and support. Throughout AAC awareness month, you can learn what AAC means to us, our personal reasons for driving forward improvements in assistive technology, and why we want to raise the profile of AAC across the world.
Follow our Instagram reels throughout October to meet Smartboxers and learn what ‘show your voice’ means to each of us.
4. Getting started with AAC for SLTs
We know that getting to grips how to use AAC in a professional setting can be daunting, so we will be releasing an e-book to help SLT’s get started. ‘A speech and language therapists guide to AAC’ will be released in October.
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