Wayne Whatford – the story of aacorn

A little while ago I interviewed, we interviewed David Niemeijer, who is the Founder and CEO of AssistiveWare, makers of the famous Proloquo2Go. I also interviewed Ian Thompson, Managing Director of Liberator. Today, we are going to continue that tradition of interviewing leaders of AAC companies by bringing in Wayne Whatford of aacorn (warning – link has autoplaying videos). The aacorn approach has been on my radar for a little while now and one of the more innovative approaches to AAC, and Wayne was kind…

An atq script that might be useful

So as I mentioned in the last post – I’m in the process of leaving my job at Royal Holloway, this has obviously involved a bit of handover work and I took the time to make some of it more widely available.  If you are a regular reader this is NOT a post for you – this is a very specialist one that will probably only appeal to people arriving from Google. I use ‘at’ to schedule jobs and ‘atq’ to display the scheduled jobs.…

I’m starting a charity…

So in case you are wondering – I’m starting a charity….  In fact, it turns out that it already exists as of this week when we sent off the paperwork. My contract with Royal Holloway finishes at the end of this month and about six months ago I decided that it was time to throw my energy into doing social projects full time.  For some years I’ve been updating this file on my laptop: …and I decided that if I didn’t do something about the…

Why I personally have an open policy on if we use ‘people with disability’ or ‘disabled people’.

[Alex Salmond said] Mr Abbott’s comments were “offensive to the Scottish people”. The above quote (from Scottish independence: Australian PM Tony Abbott’s comments ‘offensive’)  got me thinking. The full offensive comment in question appears to be “What the Scots do is a matter for the Scots and not for a moment do I presume to tell Scottish voters which way they should vote. times “But as a friend of Britain, as an observer from afar, it’s hard to see how the world would be helped…

More books I am proud of

So last week I talked about a couple of books that we’d written, that I was proud of for very different reasons.  Here are another two I’m proud of. For two more different reasons. First up,  ‘Perfect Nightmare’ from Greycourt School in Richmond.  This was very important to me because it’s the first book done completely under the White Water Writers project.  They located the school, contacted the volunteers and did all the organizational work to ensure a smooth camp. I’m looking forward to many…

Entropy in AAC

This is a unfinished thought post.  I’m trying to work an idea though in my head and am putting it here in the meantime for comments and general interest – I’m genuinely yet to decide my final position on it – when I do I’ll be able to give it proper grounding and probably make it into a paper.  Until then, this might be of interest.    My little brother Richard uses a combination of phrase-based AAC(“[I would like new words in my voice]”) and…

Nicky Goulder: Create

Today’s post is from Nicky Goulder, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of the award-winning charity Create, which uses music, dance, drama, and visual art to transform lives, foster social change, increase well-being and strengthen communication. The group has worked with over 9,000 disabled participants in the last ten years.  Today Nicky talks on about the recent cross-art form project, creative:connection.   The Disability Equality Scheme published by Arts Council England found that those with disabilities are significantly less likely to participate in cultural activities than the rest…