Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Right to Speak

Supporting Individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication

At any time, in life, we may meet somebody who has difficulties with speech and language and who may need support with their communication. CALL Scotland was commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland through the A Right to Speak initiative, to develop materials to help raise awareness of AAC and ways of providing communication support, aimed primarily at people who have little or no previous experience of communication disability. You can view and download those materials by clicking on the blue buttons in the panel to the left of this screen. You might like to start with short videos of people using augmentative and alternative communication.


The 'A Right to Speak' Report, commissioned by Scottish Government, was published in June 2012. Funding was made available for a three year period (2012-2015) to raise awareness of AAC, to enhance the provision and support of AAC services and equipment, and to build a base ensuring a sustainable future for good quality AAC services in Scotland.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has been supporting implementation of the report's recommendations. You can read the background to this work, and a summary of Year 1 and 2 of the project, as presented at a seminar in Edinburgh, May 2013. You can access more AAC information on NES's Now Hear Me website.

This work that NES has been leading divides broadly into: Universal Support; Partnerships; Continuing Professional Development; and Research. Funding has been distributed to a number of agencies to take forward aspects of this work, and for individual NHS Health Boards and practitioners to develop their AAC knowledge, skills and equipment stocks.