Advances in cutting-edge augmentative and alternative communication technology were showcased recently at a special event on campus, hosted by the department of Speech & Language Therapy.
In conjunction with the charity Communication Matters, the University welcomed over 100 individuals, carers, professionals and educators to learn more about technological aids for people with communication impairments.
Dr Lynsey Parrott, Senior Lecturer in Speech & Language Therapy said: “It’s important to increase people’s awareness of the new and different communication aids available, and to understand their advantages and limitations. It’s also also essential for our trainee professional practitioners to develop their theoretical knowledge and critical awareness and to see the equipment being demonstrated.”
“This technology is important because it helps people in so many ways; to lead connected lives within their communities, in their jobs and their social relationships.”
Student Tasmin Nash added. She said: “I’m really happy to be part of such a great event which shows the importance of communication and how technology can help when communication goes wrong.”
Delegates attended workshops sessions throughout the day, as nine different communication aid companies demonstrated their latest models of equipment, from the ‘eye gaze tracker’, to the ‘magic carpet.’
Individuals who are considering the benefit of communication aids are able to self-refer to the local specialist Augmentative and Alternative Communication Hub, which is based at Dame Hannah Rogers Trust in Devon.