A compilation of my writing on AAC

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a major interest of mine and I thought I’d put all the AAC-related posts together, partly so people who share my interest can find them all easily and partly because it helps me check if the things I’m writing match up nicely with what I *think* I’m writing.

So we have some fairly big bits of work and quite a lot of stand-alone posts:

Open Formats

To start with, I wrote a four part series about how I think the lack of open formats is harming AAC as a field…

Open formats in AAC: Part 1

Open formats in AAC: Part 2

Open formats in AAC: Part 3 (openness in access) – I spent some time here being quiet angry about Dynavox until Bob Cunningham popped up and clarified a few things that pointed to oversimplification on the part of sales staff, almost an argument for blogging one’s thoughts on it’s own!

Open formats in AAC: Part 4, what I want.

AAC and Privacy

My first chapter in a textbook was published this year, on the topic of AAC and digital privacy, but putting disability in the vanguard rather than the rearguard, comments (and, of course, citations) welcome.

Digital Enlightenment Yearbook 2013: AAC and digital privacy

PDF of book chapter available

If you enjoy that you might also like the pdfs that are in my publications section (Warning, I’ve not sorted that section so AAC papers are next to some quite dense work on processor design and language theory…)

Domesday Dataset

(For background on the Domesday Dataset, see the relevent page)

Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Wales – I (finally) got around to releasing the Welsh section of the Domesday Dataset, so if you are interested in AAC-purchases by the NHS in that area then fill your boots 🙂

Guest post: FoI Appeals – The Burden of Proof – this is kind-of-related, I wrote a couple of guest posts for a freedom of information blog about some issues I encountered when building the Domesday Dataset…

Visiting the House of Commons – also kind of related, in that I was in the House of Commons to talk to NHS England about some of the issues raised by the Domesday Dataset – but there isn’t much data in the post at the moment.

Communication Matters 2013

I gave three presentations at CM2013 this year, I also blogged the parts of each day I found interesting…

Communication Matters 2013: Day 1

Communication Matters 2013: Day 2

Communication Matters 2013: Day 3, Endgame…

Now the single posts…

Patent Trolling and disability – approaches AAC only tangentially.

iPads, Autism, and Autism Speaks

Everyone should go to the Unspoken Outspoken fundraising event on Saturday! – this is now out-of-date, I’d love to know what happened… review anyone?

Recording communication – here I’m using AAC to make a point about something else (benefits and ATOS related, included for completeness)


In the Press – some links to news stories that have picked up my work on AAC, or Narrative (mostly narrative)


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