Due to the current climate with the COVID-19 situation, we have made the decision to postpone Communication Works South and North in May 2020. We will update everyone in due course.
Communication Works 2020
Save the dates: Thursday 14 and 21 May 2020, as we will be having two events – one in the North and South of England.
‘Levelling the playing field for all learners’
This year we are celebrating Assistive Technology (AT) in the South and North of England because the ACE Centre and New Bridge Academy will also be holding a Communication Works event in Oldham (North). At both events attendees can find out about how education and technology can work together through Assistive Technology, Communication Tools, Digital Strategies and Person-Centred Planning. There will be a diverse selection of AT companies showcasing and speaking about their products plus seminars* and a panel of AT users including youtube influencer Abdi Omar.
A key event to learn about the use of innovative technology to enable new independence in learning and communicating and assist with identifying the technology that can best suit the individual needs of our students. All part of the aims for the Governments EdTech Strategy in levelling the playing field for people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Guest Speaker: Toby Hewson, founder of Just Different | Toby founded JustDifferent in 2008. His primary work aim is to help people to understand disability and difference so that people can work and socialise together and participate fully in society.
Anna Reeves CEO ACE Centre, recently said in their January 2020 newsletter:
For over a decade, Communication Works (the education focused AT conference-expo) has been bringing together educational and communication insights, student-user experiences and the country’s largest ‘hands-on’ showcase of AT technology and equipment.
Celebrating the positive and empowering impact of AT, communication tools, digital strategies and creativity tech within education, it is hosted within a school with students playing the central role. Now, we’re helping to bring ‘Communication Works’ success and innovation to the North! We’re delighted to be partnering with CENMAC to stage Communication Works 2020.
Companies: Ability World, Ace Centre, Appwriter, Assistive Solutions, Brightsign Glove CENMAC, Commtap, Cosmo by Filisia, Crick Software, LGFL, Just Different, Humanware, Inclusive Technology, Kaz Type, ISand, Liberator, London AAC Hubs, Meru, No Isolation, Pcbyvoice, Readingwise, Rix Centre, Scanning Pens, Seeability, Sensory Guru, SmartboxAT, Speaks4me, TobiiDynavox and Widgit
Our annual Assistive Technology event that showcases new and emerging technologies for communication, access and inclusion will take place on Thursday 23 May 2019. There will be seminars, workshops and speakers plus our hall of exhibitors.
Communication Works 2018 has now expired
Thank you so much for putting on a brilliant day!
As a nearly newly qualified SLT it gave me a lot to think about, and it was so lovely to see students using their AAC so effectively.
Well done to everyone involved!
– C.Drapper, May 2018
CW2018 – Companies that attended
Below are the list of companies attending. Please note this list will be updated regularly.
- Ability World: Manufacturers and suppliers of leading assistive products for augmentative & alternative communication (AAC),access and learning support. www.ability-world.com
- Access 1st: Access 1st offers Study Needs Assessments, Specialist Advice and Training for Disabled Student in Higher Education. From this specialist work over 20 years, we have come to understand the needs of pupils with learning difficulties, and commissioned the design of a ‘miracle’ education product that builds spatial awareness and orientation, with immediate benefits and further benefits with continued use. It is suitable for anyone from 7 years to 70 plus. It has applications for dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD, mental health and trauma. www.access-1st.co.uk
- Assistive Solutions: Assistive Solutions are proud of their knowledge of disability and assistive technology, especially of dyslexia and teaching techniques. assistiveitsolutions.com
- BrightSign: BrightSign, an assistive technology start-up developing enabling innovations to facilitate communication for individuals who are non-verbal. brightsignglove.com
- CENMAC: CENMAC is a unique, London-based support service offering assessments, reviews and loan of equipment to help pupils with a disability access the curriculum using assistive technology. cenmac.com
- Commtap: Resources for developing children’s and adults’ communication skills created by speech and language therapists and other specialists. These resources are suitable for use by speech and language therapists, school or centre staff, parents and carers. en.commtap.org
- Cosmo: An award-winning system that changes the way that early years learners and young people with SEN train their physical, cognitive and communication skills. www.filisia.com
- Crick Software: Many children struggle with their learning due to their literacy difficulties. Therefore, Crick Software have created products to overcome those difficulties, and make them accessible for all. www.cricksoft.com
- Inclusive Technology: Inclusive Technology is a leading supplier of software and hardware for people with special needs.
- Inspiration: For visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations, use Inspiration® 9, the ultimate thinking and learning tool. Brainstorm ideas, structure your thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding with the Diagram and Map Views. www.inspiration.com
- Kaz-type: Kaz-type is a fast and easy way to learn to touch type by using the accelerated learning method. kaz-type.com
- LGFL: A community of schools and local authorities committed to using technology to enhance teaching and learning. www.lgfl.net
- Liberator: Liberator believe everyone deserves a voice and their mission is to help clients achieve their full potential in life. Our assistive technology solutions focus on language development and support independent and spontaneous communication to enrich lives. www.liberator.co.uk
- London Speech Therapy: London Speech Therapy & Allied Services provide independent Speech & Language Therapy; Occupational Therapy and Educational Psychology services to 56 schools and families across London; South Wales and beyond.
- MERU: MERU designs and makes life-changing disability products for children and young people with disabilities. Some children have disabilities so complex that no available products meet their needs. MERU use their design and engineering skills to custom-make exactly what each child needs to achieve their goals. meru.org.uk
- MOVE: The Move Programme from Enham Trust, work with a variety of organisations to improve the wellbeing of disabled children, and disabled people with complex needs of any age and ability. www.enhamtrust.org.uk
- No Isolation: When a pupil can’t attend class themselves, AV1 will take their place. AV1 is the telepresence robot for children and young adults suffering from long-term illness. www.noisolation.com
- OhBot: Ohbot educational robotics system has been designed to stretch your pupils’ computational thinking and understanding of computer science. www.ohbot.co.uk
- Orcam: OrCam harnesses the power of artificial vision byincorporating pioneering technology into a wearable platform which improves the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired, have a reading disability or people with other conditions. OrCam’s latest product, OrCam MyEye 2.0, is a breakthrough wearable artificial vision device which enables users to instantly and discreetly read text off of any surface, as well as to seamlessly recognise faces, products, and bank notes. OrCam MyEye 2.0 is completely wireless, about the size of a finger, and weighs less than an ounce. www.orcam.com
- PCBY Voice: PCBY supply voice activation software and voice driven software application development. www.pcbyvoice.com
- Rix Media and MaTHiSiS Research Project: RIX ® Research & Media explores and develops ways of using new technologies to transform the lives of people with learning disabilities. www.rixwiki.org
The MaTHiSiS Research Project aims to create a personalised and adaptable e-learning system for mainstream and special education.
- Speaks4me: Speaks4me is an electronic speech communication application. www.speaks4me.eu
- Spellementary: Spellementary is a revolutionary word-finding and literacy tool designed for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties. It’s easy to use and supports those who struggle with phonemes, silent letters, double letters and other complex English language nuances. www.spellementary.com
- Scanning Pens: A portable device for those who suffer from reading difficulties such as dyslexia. www.scanningpens.co.uk
- Sensory Guru: Sensory Guru are passionate about interactive, sensory and assistive technology. www.sensoryguru.com
- Skoog: A musical instrument that anyone can play. skoogmusic.com
- Smartbox: Communication aids that provide a complete AAC solution tailored to fit individual needs.
- Soundbeam: This award-winning ‘Touch Free’ device uses sensor technology to translate body movement into music and sound. www.soundbeam.co.uk
- TobiiDynavox: Tobii Dynavox is the business unit within Tobii Group where we help individuals with different phyiscal and cognitive limitiations live richer and more independent lives. www.tobiidynavox.com
- Widgit: Widgit Software has been a pioneer in the field of developing materials for people who have difficulty in understanding and using text. www.widgit.com
- Wishtrac: Wishtrac is a well established and reliable education technology provider. wishtrac.com