Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Introduction to AAC

Commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) as part of the Scottish Right to Speak initiative, CALL Scotland has developed five short online learning modules on augmentative and alternative communication.

The modules can be viewed one by one as ‘stand-alones’, or in sequence. All five modules are at an introductory level, and highly accessible to people without any previous specialised knowledge of communication disability, or of communication aids.

Each module takes about 5-10 minutes to view – or longer if you want to explore the many links and resources – and finishes with a ‘Test your Knowledge’ quiz, and a printable personalised certificate.

These Modules should be useful for students in a variety of disciplines e.g. therapy, education, nursing, medicine, social care, nursery nursing etc., and for staff training (in education, health and social care professions, voluntary sector, public and commercial services).

The modules will fit well as a more specific ‘sequel’ to more general ‘disability awareness’ training, and/or as an introductory ‘starter’ to more specialised studies in communication and social care.

The Modules are linked to the  IPAACKS framework: each Module shows the specific ‘Core Values and Commitments’ and ‘AAC specific knowledge and skills’ that are particularly relevant to that module topic. They will therefore be a helpful tool for services, teams or individuals that wish to ‘self-audit’ and to develop best practice, and ensure positive outcomes for people who use AAC.

Live links to the start of each module

Interactive version (Flash)

Text version (HTML, fully accessible)