Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Supporting Local Provision and Public Involvement (PI)

Thu, 12 Nov 2020

10:30 - 12:00

Manchester (online)

Although we don’t know what impact Covid-19 has had on children and young people, research suggests that they are at even greater risk of isolation if they have severe physical disabilities that affect the intelligibility of their speech. Facilitated by Professor Janice Murray (Manchester Metropolitan University), this online workshop will share findings from the NIHR-funded Identifying Appropriate Symbol Communication (I-ASC) research project, which supported the identification of appropriate communication technology to increase the independence and participation of children and young people with these additional needs.

Highlighting I-ASC in its review of ‘studies with important findings for those who commission, deliver, work in and use health and healthcare services for people with learning disabilities’ the NIHR remarked that it was ‘ground-breaking in the way that it has involved children with severe communication difficulties in co-producing the research.' Together, attendees will explore free resources that can support children, families and professionals to enhance communication outcomes with contributions from the public involvement (PI) co-researchers who were integral members of the team.

This event will be delivered in partnership with Dr Yvonne Lynch (Trinity College, Dublin) and PI Co-Researchers Liz Moulam and Stuart Meredith.

For more details about the I-ASC project, visit our website:

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the event is part of the UK-wide ESRC Festival of Social Science, an annual celebration of the contribution the social sciences make to society.

How to book / contact details:

Book via Eventbrite.

Who is the event for:

Anyone interested in getting involved in research.
Researchers at any career stage but particularly those working in health disciplines and those interested in Public Involvement (PI).
Anyone interested in disability and its impact.
Anyone interested in technology to support effective communication.


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