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Scope information on AAC (communication aids)
forgoodnesssake Member Posts: 368 Pioneering
edited November 2014 in Disability aids, equipment and technology
Scope used to have some very good online resources and info about AAC (see No Voice No Choice campaign etc) However I am very concerned at the rather negative and simplistic information for parents which now appears regarding electronic communication aids. This is a complex area which needs proper assessment involving a speech and language therapist (you say that parents should go to an OT). I understand that you may be trying to make the point that electronic communication aids are not for everyone, but the overall effect is too negative and plays right into the hands of statutory providers who are looking for any opportunity NOT to provide. In addition there are now national standards for AAC provision as well as regional hubs and local spokes; you should be informing parents of their rights and the correct routes to provision, not simply putting them off at the first hurdle (may not be the intention but I fear it may be the result)