Did you know that October was AAC Awareness Month?
We certainly did some AAC awareness raising in WA over the month of October. The Variety Motor Mouth Camp was held from 9th – 13th October and was a huge success. ILC was involved in a big way, sending Speechies & OT volunteers, as well as contributing loans of toys from Noah’s Ark and equipment from ILC Hire. Thank you to everyone from ILC who got involved.
Fifteen children with complex communication needs and their families attended the camp at the beautiful Point Walter campsite overlooking the Swan River. Our “Wild Things” theme saw everyone out in their “onesies” and enjoying the activities and performance from Sensorium Theatre http://performinglineswa.org.au/artists/project/sensorium/ in their Jub Jub Tree show. It was amazing to see families transform their communication, in particular our siblings groups who participated in a hands on workshop on aided language stimulation. It was wonderful to see the siblings chatting with their brother or sister and helping them learn to use their device. A highlight at camp came on the final night at dinner time, when one of our campers did a speech over the microphone with his communication device, thanking everyone who volunteered at camp and commenting on what he had enjoyed about camp. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and our dedicated committee for making camp possible, and of course thank you to Variety WA.
We would love to share some quotes from families who attended camp this year.
“Thank you for showing us how to open up the world of communication and REALLY have the opportunity to get to know our girl. We have completely changed the way we are communicating”
“We had an amazing time and learned so so much. Most importantly we have a completely different vision of …’s future now and are looking forward with optimism. Our expectations have been raised we will work harder to make sure that he will be a great communicator with plenty to say and will have the opportunity to make decisions in his future. There is still a lot to do but thank you for making it all seem possible”.
For more information about camp, check out http://www.variety.org.au/WA/News/2014-Variety-Motor-Mouth-Camp/
If you are interested in hearing about Motor Mouth Camp and how to get involved in 2014, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org