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.

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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.
ICU app home screen, showing a screen with text of 'why am I here', 'what will happen to me' and 'communicate'.

Communication Resources for Intensive Care and HDU

The following resources have been released in order to support those in Intensive Care and High Dependency Units who are temporarily unable to communicate because of 'intubation' - having a breathing tube or other medical reasons. In this video Kate explains how it feels to be in ICU and unable to communicate: ICU Communication App ICU Communication App is designed to support communication in Intensive Care and High Dependency Units.
Using a Communication Aid To Keep In Touch With Others

Using a Communication Aid To Keep In Touch With Others

This leaflet outlines considerations for AAC users during the Covid-19 pandemic and highlights resources that may be useful during this period. This leaflet has been made for people using AAC and also the team supporting AAC users.  This leaflet highlights how someone can use their communication to keep in touch with others in ways other than face to face communication. Please also see our related leaflets “Support for people who

Using a Symbol Chart with Row Column Partner Assisted Scanning

This video demonstrates using a symbol chart with Row Column Partner Assisted Scanning - where the communication partner moves through each row of the chart and then each column item to get to the desired selection.

Using a symbol chart to communicate (partner assisted)

This video demonstrates using a symbol chart to communicate where a partner scans the symbol options (partner assisted scanning) because the user finds it difficult to point (direct access).

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.

Using a Communication Book by Pointing

A video demonstrating how to use a communication book by pointing (called 'direct access').
ABC chart with some phrases

ABC chart with some phrases

An ABC chart developed by ACE Centre with some phrases.
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AEIOU communication chart for row column scanning

A communication chart produced by ACE Centre. This chart has an AEIOU layout and is designed for access by row column, listener mediated/partner assisted scanning.
Paper based yes/no question prompt

Paper based yes/no question prompt

A prompt sheet for a partner to use in order to help an AAC user get a quick message across with yes/no responses.
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