Archive for the ‘Augmentative and Alternative Communication’ Category

Communication support helps students get work ready

We know communication skills are important for all of us in the workplace. But what if you aren’t able to use speech to communicate or your speech is difficult for others to understand, will that limit your ability to work? People with complex communication needs may use a range of methods to communicate including signs, […]

Helping to create communication accessible communities

The Independent Living Centre WA would like to wish everyone a happy Speech Pathology Week for 2017! This year’s theme is ‘Communication access: Everyone gets the message!’ Communication access is about creating a world where people with complex communication needs can communicate successfully with everyone, a world where everyone gets the message! Speech Pathology Australia […]

Clean out your technology cupboards

As assistive technology continues to grow and transform, we have a noticed a change in the type of enquiries that our ILC Tech team receives. The trends are for new, sleek and compact tablets, that need to be powerful and fast, yet accessible and software compatible. Increasingly consumers are seeking wireless or Bluetooth options for […]

What I want to say isn’t there! : Communication Autonomy

As an ILC Tech speech pathologist, one of the most important concepts I often need to teach others when I’m talking about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is ‘communication autonomy’. What does the person want to say? Do they have access to the vocabulary to say what they want to say, when they want to […]

Independence through Literacy- Never too early, Never too late!

How do literacy skills impact on our lives? I see a close link where literacy skills can contribute towards independence. Being able to spell allows you to speak your mind. It allows you to interact and connect with others, like sending an email or posting on Facebook. Being able to read gives you access to […]

Living the life you choose with assistive technology

Our latest blog by Athena Doropolous highlights how living in an accessible home with access to natural supports, telecare and a diverse range of assistive technologies enables her to live the life she chooses to.  Maybe some of this technology would work for you or someone you know? My name is Athena. I’m in my […]