Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Courses and Events

Online AAC Learning

CALL AAC Webinars

CALL delivers regular short (approx. 30 minutes) free webinars on a range of topics, many of which relate to AAC. You can join these 'live' or replay them from the bank of archived Webinars.

Archived AAC webinars include:


  • 24 February Top 5 Apps for Early Level Communication and the Curriculum
  • 4 May Widgit Software Apps Supporting Language and Literacy


  • 11 February Text-based AAC Apps and iOS8 keyboards
  • 4 March Go Talk Now App
  • 9 September Accessible Books for Pre/Early Readers and AAC Users
  • ​11 November Clicker Communicator
  • 18 November Matrixmaker​
  • 9 December Personal Communication Passports


  • 25 February; Apps for Skills Assessment, to support AAC Choices
  • 26 March Widgit Go
  • 17 September Sounding Board App
  • 2 December Introduction to Online Staff Training Modules for AAC, including videos, online training modules, downloadable posters, resources) as per this website; 

There will be Webinars on various AAC topics throughout 2016/17, all at 4pm (register in advance and check in a few minutes early, for tech checks).  Check in with website for up to date details. 

Are These the Right Words? Selecting Vocabulary and Messages for Use with AAC Technology

This is an online webinar / module, free to view on Vimeo created and delivered by Rae Sonnenmeier Ph.D of the Institute of Disability, University of New Hampshire, USA. This presentation provides a useful summary of the key issues, covering: choosing appropriate messages; Core Vocabulary and Extended (Fringe) Vocabulary; language representation options; different symbol sets; organising vocabulary  (activity grids, semantic/categories,, syntactic, visual scenes). The presentation lasts approximately half an hour.​

AbleNet Webinars (archived)

You may like to explore one or more of  a series of archived Webinars from the American AAC /educational materials company AbleNet., covering a range of AAC topics. Each of these is 40- 60 minutes long. They use Flash so will not run on a tablet or phone unless a special App is downloaded first (e.g, Puffin for iPad).

Liberator E-Training (free, internet based)

Liberator offer a wide range of one-two hour E-training sessions on Unity and other communication vocabularies, on the LAMP programme, on AAC systems such as the Accent and NovaChat ranges, and various other AAC topics, for self-study. 

Smartbox Webinars

Learn more about Smartbox software - with a focus on the Grid 2 or 3 and grid set vocabularies - and hardware, through free online webinars, with staff on hand to answer questions and queries, as well as showing off tips and tricks.


CALL Scotland courses, Edinburgh or in your own setting

See CALL Website for details of the ongoing 2016 - 2017 Training Programme, or arrange customised training for your own site / team;  Contact CALL Scotland to sign up to the CALL Scotland E-Newsletter for ongoing information about future events.

Using ICT to Create Shared Reading and Storytelling Resources for Pupils with Complex Needs

Using Eye Gaze to Support Learning and Communication

Using iPads and Picture Apps for Early Level Communication


Other AAC learning opportunities in Scotland

Liberator AAC Awareness Day

A FREE AAC Awareness Day designed for anyone who works with and cares for a non-verbal individual – therapists, teachers, parents, carers etc. An opportunity to learn more about implementation strategies to support AAC, exploring access options, effective outcomes – Realize Language, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning and the range of products and services available from Liberator Ltd.

  • Event date: 30.08.16,  9.30 am - 3.30 pm
  • Event cost: Free
  • ​Event location: Capability Scotland, Corseford School, Kilbarchan, Scotland, PA10 2NT​
  • More Details: Liberator Website

Communication Matters Road Show in Scotland 2017

  • Event date: tbc
  • Event cost: FREE, thanks to Commercial Members of Communication Matters (suppliers of AAC products) - but you MUST book a place in advance (in order to get lunch)
  • ​Event location: tbc
  • For more info & to apply for a place: visit Communication Matters website 

Communication Matters Roadshows are product demonstration days that give attendees the opportunity to keep up to date with the latest advances in the field of AAC. Each day consists of five sessions which provide information and offer up-to-date knowledge on the range of AAC products available in the UK. There is an exhibition period when delegates can talk to suppliers and try out products (there is no opportunity for hands-on during the presentation sessions). 

Open to all -  people who use AAC (16+), parents, carers and professionals alike.

Talking Mats Courses

Talking Mats courses are delivered regularly in various locations around Scotland (and indeed, 'the world'). Check the Talking Mats website for up to date details. Contact Talking Mats to discuss training options and your own requirements.

Online training is also available.


International AAC Events

International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Conference 2016

  • Event date: 6-13 August, 2016
  • Event location: Westin Harbour Hotel, Toronto, Canada
  • More information re prices and registration etc.: ISAAC website

Please note that this includes:

  • Pre-Conference Workshops, 6 & 7 August 2016
  • AAC Camp (users) 6 & 7 August 2016
  • Main Conference 8-11 August 2016
  • Research Symposium 12 & 13 August 2016

Also Blissymbolics International Panel Meeting 1-5 August 2016




AAC learning opportunities elsewhere in the UK

Communication Matters National AAC Conference

  • Event date: 11-13 September 2016
  • Event location: University of Leeds
  • More information re prices and registration etc.: Communication Matters website
  • Booking opens January 2016
  • Please note that AAC users looking for support to attend need to get in touch as early as possible.

The Communication Matters National AAC Conference is the UK’s leading annual AAC event, with a diverse programme of plenaries, presentations and exhibition held over two and a half days.The conference provides a unique forum to meet and exchange information with representatives from all disciplines associated with AAC, including people who use AAC, parents, carers, professionals and suppliers of AAC equipment. Communication Matters encourages and supports people who use AAC to attend.

ACE Centre

Various training courses on aspects of AAC and /or Assistive Technology are available through ACE, either in Oxford, or - nearer for Scots - in Oldham. Check the website for up to date details.  


Further AAC learning opportunities

As part of work on the IPAACKS framework (Informing and Profiling AAC Knowledge and Skills) commissioned by NES as part of the 'A Right to Speak' initiative, Janet Scott of SCTCI has compiled (February 2014) a useful wider listing of possible AAC learning opportunities, although ongoing updating of this listing is not yet in place / assured.