The Ace Centre (then ACE Centre-North) played an important role in the development and implementation of the Communication Aids Project (CAP). This project was a government initiative, which initially provided £10 million for equipment, assessments & training in the field of Assistive Technology. A further £10 million pounds was later announced and the project extended from 2 years in length to four years.
What does this involve?
The project was designed to improve the quality of life for young people with communication difficulties (including those that result from a physical difficulty) and children with hearing impairment and dyslexia in England. It aimed to provide Information Technology to help pupils with communication difficulties increase their interaction and access to the curriculum and to aid their transition between schools, into employment and further/higher education.
Local Teams were developed throughout the country to provide the necessary assessments & training. They were known as CAP Contacts. The ACE Centre-North worked specifically with professionals in the North of England to identify the CAP Contacts for this geographical area. The Centre was responsible for working with the identified CAP Contacts to deliver assessment & training services to the school children referred to the CAP Project within their designated regions.
The project provided money for assistive technology equipment and software recommended as a result of the assessment and for any training required for the implementation of the equipment.