1Voice takes a family and social perspective on communication and recognises the great need for adult role models to inspire children and families alike. 1Voice promotes families supporting each other to overcome the isolation that being unable to speak can bring.
1Voice trustees are keen to hear from members about what they want from 1Voice. This is to help us develop a plan for the next few years and ensure we concentrate our resources on the things that matter to you most. This is the first of a small number of brief surveys that have been designed for members to let us know what you want from 1Voice.
It is anticipated that the survey will take around 5 minutes to complete. We really appreciate your feedback.
Take the survey now - Member Survey
We are always keen to hear your opinions and you can let us know your views and ideas by emailing Jo at email@example.com.
1Voice are proud to announce that they have been selected as a finalist for the AAC Award in the Shine a Light Awards 2016/17. The Shine a Light awards are run by The Communication Trust and Pearson Assessment and are designed to celebrate excellent practice in supporting children and young people's communication development.
Congratulations also to our Trustee, Gregor Gilmour, who has made it to the final of the Young Person of the Year Award along with one of our young members, Charlotte Seth.
We look forward to the Awards Ceremony taking place on 23 March 2017. Good luck everyone!
Communication Matters has been successful in receiving a grant from Awards for All (Big Lottery) to deliver the Level 2 Award in Mentoring qualification. The funding is limited to a small group of disabled people who are currently fulfilling the role of a mentor or who would like to develop their skills and understanding in readiness to mentor. The eight workshops take place in Manchester on Wednesdays throughout May and June 2017.
If you have any questions please contact Verity Elliott - firstname.lastname@example.org - 07891959048
To be considered for a place contact Verity (details above) and Hilary Gardener - email@example.com - 0845 4568211.
Our latest newsletter is available to read now. Inside this issue you will find:
Registration for 1Voice National Residential Weekend 2017 opening soon!
Details of the Annual General Meeting - Saturday 11 March 2017
Branch, Pop-up Groups and Member news
Welcome to our two new Trustees
An Interview with our very own Gregor Gilmour
A big thank you to some of our donors
How you can help
Upcoming Member Survey
Download your copy now - Newsletter February 2017
Don't forget to get in touch with your stories and achievements if you are happy for us to share them with our members in future issues.
Sarah Marshall, a research Student, has been in touch to ask whether any AAC users would like to take part her research. She is currently recruiting for individuals to take part in her Masters Research at Leeds Beckett University and is exploring how AAC users feel about their communication aids. She is looking for participants aged 13-40 years old who use speech generating communication aids/talkers. The study requires you to attend an informal interview, at a location of your choice, to discuss your feelings, ideas and opinions about your communication aid. You can bring someone along with you. If you would like more information, please email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further Information can be found in the following documents.
Check out our latest newsletter under the 'News' tab.
Inside this edition you will find a review of our national weekend held in Derbyshire in July and of our 1 Voice 1 Day event held in Leeds in September. There is also branch, pop-up and member news and we say thank you to some of our fundraisers.
If you have any news, stories or achievements to include in our next edition please get in touch with Jo at email@example.com.
International AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world each October. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to inform the public about the many different ways in which people communicate using communication devices.
Why not check out our Events Page for details of upcoming events.
1Voice - Communicating Together is recognised as an important resource of people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems. The office frequently gets requests to ask our members to participate in a variety of research programmes. We have two that have recently contacted us. Please consider if you can help or know others that could help.
In no special order:
Sally wants to know if any 1Voice young members would be interested in being on a national advisory committee? It would be great to have an AAC user on it. the advert is here: http://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/what-we-do/our-networks/mak...
Shahreen is a Researcher from City University London, working on a project which aims to explore the experiences of children and young people with neurodisability at mealtimes. For her project she is interested in children and young people's views of risk associated with gastrostomy feeding.
In order to take part, children and young people must meet the following criteria:
a) a diagnosis of CP or other neurodisability
b) a diagnosis of dysphagia or feeding difficulties
c) an existing gastrostomy or where one has been recommended, including CYP who are undecided about the gastrostomy
d) capacity to consent/assent and participate in research interviews,
e) reasonable level of communication using AAC/communication aids as assessed by the school who will send information and consent forms to parents of CYP
f) aged 5 – 25
Exclusion criteria: Some children and young people may not be suitable for this project and will not be asked to participate. i.e. those with severe cognitive impairment such that they are not able to express their consent/assent to participate in research, or express their views through AAC and children younger than 5 years of age. Head teachers/school therapists/other key individuals will make this judgement in the first place.
Please contact her if you are interested in taking part, require any further information or would like to discuss this further. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7040 5881
Do you know cyclists that would sponsor this ride? A partner closely associated with 1Voice is doing a sponsored bike ride LEJOG (Lands End to John O Groats)
Please pass on this fundraising/sponsored link to your two wheeled afficionados!
Thank you. Every word counts and every penny helps!
NHS England has published a new guide (pdf file) on how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services are organised, with the aim of improving access to these services for all patients – children and adults.
AAC services help people communicate as effectively as possible when speech is impaired, and the guide is aimed at anyone with an interest in how they are provided.
The guide describes how the commissioning of these services is organised between “local” AAC services and “specialised” AAC services, as well as what those services offer and how they are accessed.
The guide (pdf) is freely available at https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2016/03/guid-comms-aac.pdf
Naomi is an Occupational Therapist studying a PhD at the University of Brighton. Naomi is hoping to explore how children with high levels of physical disability experience play in order that she can inform the way play is used and valued in practice. Naomi is looking for 6-12 year olds who have limited self mobility (GMFCS IV or V), need adaptations to handle objects (MACS III-V), and will be able to communicate with Naomi for at least 1 hour, talking for 20 minutes bursts of conversation with breaks if necessary (CFCS I-II).
If you are interested, please contact her at: email@example.com or 07494760905