AAC & Literacy Best Practice Study Day

Communication Matters, in collaboration with Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland, is delighted to present the third in a series of AAC and Literacy Study Days. The aim of these Study Days is to improve the literacy learning of students who have complex communication needs, particularly those who use AAC.

This Study Day will approach literacy learning from the context of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence with the principle that literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning. Topics will range from early and emergent skills, to using accessible books, through exploration of inclusive literacy approaches. There will be opportunities for collaborative learning and sharing of knowledge and experiences. There will be a range of session formats including a mixture of speaker sessions and hands-on practical sessions with resources.

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2019
Venue: Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 8DY

Who is the study day aimed at? The whole team!

  • Parents and other family members
  • Staff from both mainstream schools and specialist provision
  • Health professionals including Speech and Language Therapists

Visit our website for further details and to download a booking form!


AAC online learning modules are now live on TURAS

As part of a Right to Speak, Scottish Government funding was allocated to NES to deliver an AAC programme of work, part of which was to help deliver an education, training and development programme.

The first in a series of online learning modules, “An Introduction to AAC”, has now gone live on the new NES learning platform, TURAS.

These Scottish Government funded modules, commissioned by NES and developed by CALL Scotland, are designed for universal uptake by anyone, and are aimed at the broader health, social care and education workforces who may come into contact with people who need and use communication equipment. Members of the public can also register and access these modules.

To access the modules you are required to be registered and signed in to your account - TURAS Learn website - https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/ To register scroll to the bottom of that page and create an account at “register”. See the screen shot examples below of what you can expect to see when you visit the https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/  website.  

To locate the modules enter into the “search” box the terms :

Augmentative and alternative communication

Work is ongoing to make further modules available on TURAS later in the year, aimed at services, teams or individuals to review their current knowledge, support the development of best practice, and to ensure positive outcomes for people who use AAC.