Thursday, 29 October 2009
We've been awarded £4000 for project costs, help to involve around sixteen young volunteers, plus mentoring, training and support from UnLtd, who organise and fund Big Challenge with money from the Lottery.
Thank you all for your votes and supporting comments!
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
To give everyone with a speech disability a way to SAY the same words speaking people say most each day. We are putting high frequency words on PowerPoint slides, with the sound added for each word, to give away and use in fun activities that research how useful and essential these words are. We want to make stories, movies and animations that foster language and literacy acquisition using these words, and reveal the plight of living without them. We want to do presentations, have permanently available virtual demonstrations online, and a website for free downloads and information sharing.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
24 Hour AAC Read-a-Thon - Midnight 21 October (EDT) to Midnight 22 October (EDT) hosted by terryjohnmick.
Chat about what's on your mind. More about public chats.
Join us on Skype and Facebook 5:00 am 21 October to 5:00 am 22 October to celebrate International AAC Month. Become a fan of International AAC Month on Facebook to talk to us there, or click the link above to join the Skype. If the link doesn't work with your version of Skype send your Skype contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Saturday, 5 September 2009
This is how I write with my Pathfinder communication aid connected to a computer with a serial cable. At the end of my demonstration it takes me a few goes to find a message that was stored 3 years ago, something that is important to me. I left my special school in July 2009. I was there for 12 years. 12 years of not talking to my friends. My teachers never learned how to help me.
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Saturday, 25 July 2009
Sunday, 19 July 2009
My Pathfinder writes to any computer that has AAC Keys installed.
I connect my (old) Pathfinder to a laptop with a serial cable. Newer communication aids have USB and bluetooth. I'm buying a USB to Serial converter from eBay so I can write to our Mac PowerBook.
AAC Keys is a keyboard and mouse emulator offered as a free download from the AAC Institute:
Monday, 6 July 2009
Here's my first wall climb:
Headlines supports children and young people with craniofacial conditions including Apert, Crouzon, Muenke, Pfeiffer and Saethre-Chotzen Syndromes. I have Apert Syndrome. http://www.headlines.org.uk
You can watch our rafting, rope bridge and campfire movies on YouTube. Search my username: michaelbrianreed
Here is me interviewing Andrew about his talent for Shine Week:
We were given an outline of the workshops so we could programme our communication aids before the weekend with introductions, special interests, who we like talking to, who our role models are, and the different ways role models can tell people about AAC.
We talked about reasons for using communication aids with different people in different places, and made a collage with photos we brought with us and some we took on the day.
I interviewed the speech therapy students to find out what they had learnt about about AAC after volunteering on a 1 Voice weekend.
On Sunday we gave talks and practiced the presentations we will be giving at the Communication Matters conference in September. Nadia tells us the history of 1 Voice:
Watch more 1 Voice movies on YouTube. Our YouTube username is 1voicemovies.
1 Voice is a group of children and young people who use communication aids and their families, friends, role models and volunteers.
Some of us have been coming to 1 Voice events for 10 years now and we graduated as AAC Role Models at the weekend.
Sunday, 31 May 2009
If only our teachers and speech therapists would learn from AAC specialists like Caroline!
Sam's site: http://www.alltogetherwecan.com/
Movies from Caroline on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CMusselwhite
ISAAC is celebrating its third International AAC Awareness Month in October 2009.
This year's theme is Many Methods, One Goal: To Communicate.
People from all over the world who use alternative communication will be sharing photos, videos, slideshows and stories to show us the different methods they use.
The closing date is 15 September if you would like to send something in.
For more info visit http://www.aacawareness.org/
Email email@example.com with any questions.
Submit your work to firstname.lastname@example.org
ISAAC - International Society for Augmentative & Alternative Communication http://www.isaac-online.org/
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Thursday, 2 April 2009
My laptop broke in May and the software that makes it work is not compatible with our Vista or Mac computers. Wish I'd bought an XP laptop instead, but I counted on the LA replacing the broken one. They did, in October, but they disabled so many features I can't print, go on Internet, save the memory from my Pathfinder in case it breaks, word process from my Pathfinder, or save a data log from it, and they've disabled the speech output in Writing With Symbols and made it so I can't save a Grid or even any changes to my wordlist.
Are they trying to gag me?
Anyway, while we decide which machine to buy next, Durham Clayport library has loaned me an XP machine and I'm back online!
I have to much to write about to s-p-e-l-l--- i-t---a-l-l---o-u-t---l-e-t-t-e-r---b-y---l-e-t-t-e-r
Friday, 13 March 2009
'Core Words' or 'High Frequency Words' are a set of around 400 common words that everybody says every day. They include the National Literacy Strategy Words.
Imagine you can't talk but you have a communication aid with all these words on it, stored under keyboard shortcuts, but no one at school teaches you the shortcuts or how to read and write. You can't talk to your friends much and your chances of doing something interesting at college aren't very good.
Well that's what happened to me.
I am campaigning for people with communication disabilities to be given a way to say these words, and to be taught how to read and write them. The Princess Diana Award and Radiowaves are helping me make my campaign go national this summer.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
I read ALLFIE's letters to the North East Learning Disability Service User Parliament at today's meeting (17 February 2009) and members signed the petition to Gordon Brown.
I have written more about it and put three movie clips on the Diana Award Channel here:
December we had discos and pantos, meals out, quad biking, Xmas...
January I did a project with the Diana Award and Radiowaves. I learned how to podcast and do interviews and how to campaign. I was given the choice of joining one of the Diana campaigns like anti-bullying or knife crime, or doing a campaign of my own.
I am campaigning for people with communication disabilities to be given a way to say and write the same words that speaking people say every day. We have the technology and the knowledge to make this happen, so why isn't it?
Here's a link to my pages on the Diana Radio Channel: