On this page you will find a range of resources that we publish with the aim of supporting local teams and those using assistive technology. You will also find some links to websites and external resources. If you have suggestions for a useful resource, please let us know.

Text Based AAC App Evaluations

Text Based AAC App Evaluations

This resource is designed to give an overview of some text-based AAC apps using our app evaluation table These apps range from free to medium cost and may be useful to trial with a person who is literate. If you regularly use or recommend a text based AAC app that you think should be included here, please let us know.
Symbol Based AAC app evaluation

Symbol Based AAC app evaluation

This resource is designed to give an overview of some symbol based AAC apps using our app evaluation table These apps range from free to high cost and may be useful to trial with a person who requires symbols for communication. They could be beneficial for someone who is new to AAC or requires a less complex AAC system. If you regularly use or recommend a symbol based AAC app
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Local Services Resource Pack

This pack is a handy go to guide for professionals working within the field of electronic Assistive Technology, containing one page profiles for AAC and Environmental Control products and resources. This includes; communications aids, switches, computer access peripherals, remote controls, mounting solutions, assessments, toolkits and software. The products and resources within the pack are those which would usually fall within the remit of local services to provide.
Developing a Communication Scrapbook

Developing a Communication Scrapbook

A communication scrapbook can be a useful paper-based tool for individuals who need something to support their other methods of communication. A communication scrapbook differs from a communication book because it generally includes fewer core words and more personal vocabulary. This resource explains how to develop a communication scrapbook, including general tips and ideas about how to choose appropriate vocabulary.
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Paper-based AAC: A Guide

This resource aims to provide information on a wide variety of mainly paper-based Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools. Environmental supports which facilitate successful AAC implementation are described, followed by suggestions of paper-based and some partner-based AAC tools. This guide does not cover every possible AAC tool or strategy, but we hope that key elements of a paper-based AAC Toolkit are included and that the links to further resources prove
Remote Control of Home Equipment

Remote Control of Home Equipment

This document provides information on ‘remote control’ or ‘home automation’ equipment that can be installed and potentially used with an Environmental Control (EC) system.  This might be useful for those who are looking to: setup remote control equipment that can be used with standard remotes or apps - but that might need to be compatible with an EC system in the future (e.g. those with MND or other deteriorating conditions);

Using Partner Assisted Scanning on a Letterboard for Communication

This video demonstrates a technique called partner assisted scanning to facilitate communication with someone who can indicate 'yes'. The communication partner goes though each option turn by turn until the person communicating indicates 'yes' to select that letter.
Getting the Most out of your Video Appointment- Information for Parents/Carers

Getting the Most out of your Video Appointment- Information for Parents/Carers

This resource provides guidance for parents and carers about what to expect if offered a video consultation with a member of the Barnsley Assistive Technology team. Thanks to Rob Hall and Anna Chivers (Speech and Language Therapy Students from University of Sheffield) who developed these during a remote placement with the team.