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ACE Centre provides a range of training opportunities in the use of Assistive Technology (AT) to support individuals with complex communication and learning needs. 

Our Assistive Technology Unit is a four day course providing an overview of Assistive Technologies to support communication and learning and considers the assessment process of identifying AT requirements. This is regularly delivered at our offices, but can also be offered at a venue closer to you subject to demand.

Our AAC Unit is a four day course which will explore the needs of individuals with complex communication difficulties and critically evaluate the available range of AAC resources and strategies examining the issues of assessment, implementation, support and training..

We offer Continuing Professional Development Opportunities for practitioners interested in pursuing further academic study in the field of Assistive Technology for communication and learning. Our Postgraduate award is validated by Manchester Metropolitan University.

All upcoming training events

Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs (Assistive Technology) will start in October 2015.  To book your place, or for further information, please contact Sara Dale on 0161 358 0151.

NHS Training - Readiness for Voice Output Communication Technology

This session will focus on sharing ideas about how to support someone in preparing to use a voice output communication aid. We will share practical ideas for getting started with AAC, including:

  • Gathering information about What language? Who do I talk to? What can I say? 
  • Using symbols to communicate and modelling aided language use
  • Providing experiences of positive communication

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NHS Training - Switch Access to Communication

An overview of switch skill progression and practical ideas for activities to develop switch skills. This session will consider:

  • Choosing the right switch
  • Mounting and positioning of switches
  • Switch activities and skill development

There will be opportunities to try out a range of switches and discuss solutions for different people.

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NHS Contract Information Training

ACE Centre would like to invite commissioners, AAC professionals and AAC services from across the North West NHS 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.