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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a major interest of mine. Quite a lot of the posts in this blog directly relate to it.  This page gives a general overview of where you might find particular information.

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

The major projects

  • AzuleJoe is an open source assistive communication technology that runs on any platform, from tablets to laptops to phones, without installation or complex setup.
  • CommuniKate is a socially focused page set designed exclusively for people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). It was designed so that it could be easily used in conjunction with a low-tech communication book and as a progression from a book to a dynamic display device.
  • The Domesday Dataset is a full listing that includes every AAC aid purchased in the UK that allows us to answer fundamental research, policy, and prevalence questions on the landscape of AAC use within the UK. The dataset was constructed by making several hundred Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, which asked the set of public bodies to supply lists of every AAC device purchased since 2006 including make, model, and year of purchase.
  • AAC research. I maintain a separate page of  my academic publications that are relevant to AAC

Blog Posts


Entropy in AAC – this post is still unfinished, but I’d really appreciate any comments on it.

‘Hacking Model’

I talked about the ‘Hacker model’ of disability in this post. There are a couple of posts tying examples of AAC into that view.

*NEW Switch Hacking…

*NEW Hacking AAC – a family effort

*NEW Mark Saville: SpecialEffect

I’ve interviewed a couple of ‘leading lights in AAC:
*NEW Ian Thompson, Liberator Managing Director
*NEW AssistiveWare CEO David Niemeijer, where AAC is and where it’s going.

Open Formats

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 quite angry about Dynavox until Bob Cunningham popped up and clarified a few things that pointed to oversimplification on the part of the Dynavox 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

*NEW! Leading not following: disability as a vanguard. In response to comments I wrote a much more easy-access summary as a blog post.

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 relevant 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.

*NEW Telepresenting: The only way to fly: A presentation I did about some infrormation you can get out of the Domesday Dataset.

*NEW AAC – Lightwriter, GoTalk and iPad dominate UK sales?

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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)

*NEW Read this paragraph by Danah Boyd while thinking about AAC