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  • 2nd December 2015 - NHS Contract Information sessions - North West region

    ACE Centre would like to invite commissioners, AAC professionals and AAC services from across the North West specialised commissioning region to an information session to provide you with details about our assessment service for children and adults who meet the NHS Specialised AAC Service eligibility criteria. Members of the AAC Assessment Team will provide information about: Who is eligible to access the Specialised AAC Assessment Service How to refer your eligible patients What patients can ex...  Read More...

  • NHS training sessions now available for professionals

    We offer a series of free monthly training events in the North West and Thames Valley & Wessex regions to support the use and implementation of Augmentative & Alternative Communication within the framework of the NHS Specialised AAC Service. These sessions are designed for existing and potential referrers to our NHS specialised AAC services and for professionals involved in the establishment or development of local AAC services. These sessions typically run for half a day.   Read More...

  • ACE Centre stakeholder consultation feedback and non-NHS activity

    Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent ACE Centre stakeholder consultation. A presentation summarising the key findings can be found here. In response to the feedback given to ACE Centre, we have identified a limited amount of additional capacity in order to offer services outside of our NHS Contract.   Read More...

  • Potentially fraudulent ace-centre website

    We have been made aware of a website that has been purchased from an old ACE Centre domain name and is currently being used to emulate ACE Centre services by a person or organisation unknown to us.  Please ensure that you use the web link: www.acecentre.org.uk only, that does not contain a hyphen between the word 'ace' and 'centre' and bring this to the attention of any other people you know who may be trying to contact us.  Many thanks for your help with this matter.     Read More...

  • SEND reforms for SLCN survey

    The Communication Trust is running a short survey across June to gain views about opportunities and challenges of the reformed SEND system for children and young people with SLCN.  You can take the survey here.    Read More...

  • Sign up to ACE Centre's AAC Info Newsletter

    AAC Info is a monthly newsletter of all things AAC, edited by ACE Centre. Information is sourced from suppliers, user forums, twitter and email lists. If you have a news item that you think should be included please add it here.   Read More...

  • NHS Assessments and Equipment only requests

    ACE Centre has been commissioned to act as a regional AAC Hub and deliver the specialised AAC Service in the North West and the Thames Valley and Wessex regions. Please read on for more information  Read More...

  • ACE Centre transition arrangements to provide NHS England commissioned specialised AAC services

    ACE Centre is delighted to have been identified by NHS England as the specialised AAC service for the North West and Wessex and Thames Valley specialised commissioning regions. Thirteen services in total will be commissioned across the country and will be required to be compliant with the Service Specification in order to deliver specialised AAC assessments, AAC equipment provision and initial training and awareness raising for children and adults who meet the eligibility criteria in the service...  Read More...

  • Looking for volunteer to help with fundraising

    We are looking for a volunteer for 4 hours a week to support our fundraiser in our office in Cassington, near Oxford. Our volunteer fundraiser will help us with fundraising administration, research local/national funding opportunities and support fundraising approaches. For further information please download the job description ACE Centre Fundraising Admin Volunteer.   Read More...

  • Implementing the SEND reforms: Joint commissioning for children and young people with SLCN- report available now

    The Communication Trust, as secretariat to The Communication Council and in partnership with Better Communication CIC, has published a free online report on joint commissioning for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).  The report aims to provide readers with practical information regarding commissioning for SLCN services within the context of implementing the SEND reforms.       Read More...

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What we do

The ability to communicate is fundamental to a basic quality of life, yet for many people effective communication is difficult because of a physical impairment, language disorder or learning disability. We work with people of all ages who face such challenges.

We're experts in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT), with core specialist services that include:

We also carry out project and consultancy work for local and central statutory services. For more information on what we do and how we work you can see a video on our work here

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