I am a speech and language therapist with many years of experience in the field of AAC, working as part of the Ace Centre assessment team.
I am continually fascinated by the ways in which Assistive Technology and AAC can enhance the lives of individuals with communication difficulties and during my time at Ace I have been involved in several exciting projects.
I have coordinated the Toys2Talk project looking at how technology can support the communication and play of very young children, as well as the ‘You Matter’ project that has led to the development of our ‘You Matter’ training materials. These projects have highlighted the importance of bringing families and professionals together in order to effectively support young people using AAC. I have also worked on a European project developing communication software for adults with aphasia. This taught me much about the varied ways in which AAC is introduced across Europe and how much we can learn from each other.