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  • Communication Matters Roadshows at ACE Centre

    ACE Centre is delighted to be hosting two Communication Matters Roadshows this year.  This is an excellent way to keep abreast of the latest AAC solutions by meeting a range of suppliers and finding out more about Communication Matters, the UK wide charity that represents all AAC stakeholders. We will be hosting roadshows in the Kassam Stadium in Oxford on Wednesday 8th March, 2017 - further details are available here and Hollinwood Business Centre, Oldham on 9th March 2017 - further detail...  Read More...

  • PODD 2 Day Introductory course ACE Centre (South)

    We are delighted to announce that Rosie Clark will be delivering a 2 day introductory workshop to the PODD Communication System at ACE Centre (South).  This event will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017, and is open to professionals, parents and carers.    Read More...

  • Christmas opening times

    Ace Centre will be close for the Christmas break on Friday 22nd December and will re-open on Wednesday 28th December.   Read More...

  • LAMP Workshop at ACE Centre (North) - Wednesday 25th January 2017

    Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles.LAMP workshops are designed for anyone who works with and cares for a non-verbal individual with autism – therapists, teachers, parents, carers etc.To learn more about LAMP and book your place on the LAMP workshop being hosted at ACE Centre (North) on Wednesday 25th January 2017 please follow this link.   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...

  • #communication4ken

    Inspired by the plight of Coronation Street's longest-term resident, Ken Barlow, ACE Centre have teamed up with Communication Matters to raise awareness of the communication issues faced by those who have had a stroke - and of the help that is available.  Join the conversation at #communication4ken  Corrie fans were heartbroken last week to see Ken silenced due to a sudden stroke, surrounded by the Barlow clan and unable to communicate with them - but help is at hand!   ...  Read More...

  • Local AAC Services - find out more!

    Are you an AAC commissioner or practitioner working in the North West or Thames Valley & Wessex region?  Do you want to learn more about emerging AAC services across the region, and about the challenges and benefits of accessing local AAC provision?If so, for those in the North West region, contact Anna Reeves at areeves@acecentre.org.uk or ring her on 0161 358 0151 x 211 and for those in the Thames Valley & Wessex region, contact Martin Fisher at mfisher@acecentre.org.uk or ring hi...  Read More...

  • Free Boardmaker Power Academy Day - 29th September 2016

    Tobii Dynavox are offering free sessions to provide information about the changes and developments to the Boardmaker Software Family! Their session on Thursday 29th September 2016 will be held at ACE Centre's South Office.The specific content of these days will be driven by the questions of the attendees, but topics that will typically be covered include:  Features of Boardmaker Online; Best practice for using symbols; Saving time using templates; Going interactive with onscreen a...  Read More...

  • Want to hear the latest on AAC? Sign up for AACInfo

    AACInfo is a monthly newsletter of all things AAC, developed and edited by ACE Centre, but created by you.  The aim of AACInfo is to provide a summary of the many things going on in the world of AAC.Content 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.To view some example newsletters, visit our archive.If you like the sound of AACInfo, please sign-up here.  There is no charge - and we&...  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...

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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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NHS Assessments & Equipment only requests

Read how to refer a client for assessment & provision, or for equipment only requests.

Download current NHS England eligibility criteria for specialised AAC services, and obtain your copy of our Referral Form Equipment Only Request Form and Guidance Notes.

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