Communication Works 2024 #CW2024


South Event:
Thursday, 6 June 2024
Venue: Charlton Athletic Football Club
North Stand, The Valley, Floyd Road, London SE7 8B

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North Event:
Thursday, 23 May 2024
Venue: New Bridge Academy
Roman Road, Failsworth, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL8 3PH

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Communication Works 2024 Celebrating Assistive Technology in Education

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About the event

We are delighted to be partnering with Ace Centre to host Communication Works 2024.

Communication Works (#CW2024) is a free event giving visitors the opportunity to see a range of assistive and accessible technology, communication tools, digital strategies and person-centred approaches first-hand.

It is an opportunity for our CENMAC students to demonstrate how they access the curriculum and/or communicate using assistive technology and the achievements they have made.

Who should attend?

School and health SEND teams including teachers, SENCOs, teaching assistants, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, QTVIs, educational psychologists, parents and carers, AAC and AT users.

Visitors at Communication Works 2023

Image: Visitors at Communication Works 2023 listening to the keynote speeches.

Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for Communication Works South 2024 is a young woman called Ellise Hayward. Ellise works as a inspirational speaker, an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Inclusion Ambassador and a Disabilities Correspondent at The Jill Dando News Centre and The Good News Post.

Ellise delivers her speeches via a high-tech communication aid called an eyegaze. Ever since completing her GCSEs in 2018 Ellise has built a significant following on social media where she spreads awareness by talking about her experiences with cerebral palsy and her communication journey through mainstream education.

Ellise has been building her following by giving inspirational talks about her life at schools, NHS events, and conferences such as EDI in Plymouth. Ellise believes that “Everyone deserves a voice” and you need to stay positive even when you face challenges.

Ellise said “I’m so delighted to be the keynote speaker at Communication Works, it’s a real honour to deliver a presentation on my communication journey and the challenges that I had to face living with cerebral palsy. I’m so looking forward to it.”

Head of CENMAC Kathryn Stowell said “We can’t wait to welcome Ellise. She is a young person who is passionate about changing people’s perceptions and her positive, can-do attitude is truly inspiring. We hope you will all enjoy listening to Ellise’s story.

Ellise Hayward

Image: Keynote Speaker Ellise Hayward for Communication Works 2024

Ellise Hayward presenting at a recent event

Image: Ellise Hayward presenting at a recent event

Communication Works South 2024 Exhibitors

We are looking forward to welcoming our exhibitors who will be showcasing their latest products in assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). This is a great opportunity for  our visitors to get hands on and up close with the latest innovations.

Confirmed Exhibitors

Ace Centre, BrightSign, CENMAC, CandLE AAC, Commtap CIC, Communication Matters (ISAAC UK Ltd), Cosmo by Filisia, Crick Software, Glean, Humanware, Inspiration, IRISBOND, Jabbla UK, KAZ Type Ltd, LGfL – The National Grid for Learning, Liberator Ltd, Nessy Learning, Pretorian Technologies Ltd, ReadingWise, Rahana Life, Rix Inclusive Research, Scanning Pens, Scribeasy Ltd, SeeAbility, Sensory Guru Ltd, Smartbox, Smile Smart Technology Ltd, Stix Mindfulness, Therapy Box, Voca Quest and Widgit.

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The exhibition space at the Charlton Athletic Football Club was very busy with visitors

Image: Charlton Athletic Football Club and the busy exhibition hall at the 2023 event.

Communication Works 2023 Photos and Videos

We had a great day at Communication Works South 2023 on Thursday 18th May 2023! To find out what you can expect at Communication Works 2024 take a look at the photos, videos and more about the exhibitors who joined us.

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Visitor Feedback

“In university, AAC was always very theoretical and I think many SLTs find themselves looking for *more*. More knowledge of our role within AAC, more understanding of how it develops and more people using it beyond requesting “Bubbles”. The CENMAC AAC Seminar left me emotional and passionately fueled as a large variety of AAC was seen and used as a primary, comprehensive communication means. The field and technologies are fast developing and it was exciting to feel inspired to be a part of that and ultimately, listening to voices of wonderful people that may not have otherwise been heard.” Jenna Nunes, Speech & Language Therapist

Keynote speakers Clarke Reynolds, Braille artist and Beth Moulam, Paralympian and AAC advocate

Image: Keynote speakers Clarke Reynolds and Beth Moulam at Communication Works 2023.