Many of us start a new year thinking about improving ourselves physically, financially, spiritually, and/or professionally. While we can’t help you with the former, we’ve been working on a way to assist you with the latter!
It’s a big AAC and AT world with lots of new research, developments, strategies and products constantly being released. Or perhaps you’ve been working on something yourself and want to share it with others?
But where do you begin learning or sharing? Assistive technology, and even more so AAC, crosses several disciplines like computer science, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, education, and engineering, to name just a few making it difficult to know where to start.
There are endless resources that can help us keep up to date with the latest and greatest and connect with like-minded people; journals, magazines, forums, blogs and endless social media accounts, as well as local, national, international, virtual and live conferences. It can be a full-time job keeping up with it all! Our colleague Will Wade, Research and Development Manager, has gathered a database of conferences and publications to help you get started. You can access the Google Sheet by clicking here: https://acecent.re/at-conferences
It’s as up-to-date as it can be, and we’ll be adding to it as we learn about new events and journals, but we’d also appreciate your help! You can add or update information about a conference or publication you’re involved with, have or plan to attend, or have caught wind of, by simply editing the spreadsheet yourself.
Note, we’ve created some rating scales to help people have a feel for the type of conference it might be. Some are more academically minded, some are really great at connecting with suppliers, and some are very practical The rating scales are 1-5 with 5 being the highest. For publications we have a reach and impact factor. Some journals publish an impact factor so we use that if that if we can – and reach is a feeling for how much professionals in the field follow the publication. Its not perfect but we hope it’s a broad indicator of its use in our field.
Want to update or add an event to the spreadsheet? Simply click here to fill in a form with details and we’ll update the spreadsheet as soon as we can.