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I am a huge believer in the concept of nothing about us; without us.

I want more stories of empowered people with communication impairments getting on with their every day realities – and being heard!

Privacy is paramount though and most of the stories that I am privy to cannot be shared publicly.

Recently an adult who uses AAC asked me to share a success story anonymously on her behalf and I am honoured to share her story here.

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I recently was asked to summarise some of my thinking in support of a project in Europe. Here is my letter of support in case it is of use to others:

My open letter arguing for expressive speech sythesis

To Whom It May Concern;

As an AAC clinician and researcher, I am writing this letter of su...

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From time to time I write letters to our local leaders highlighting areas of need/success and research with a hopes to inform the development of policies that benefit the populations I serve. Here is an edited version of what I sent

To whom it concerns;

I would like to share some key information t...

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Last year I submitted a written submission to the Education Select Committee.

Too many of my clients are falling through the cracks and the Education Update is a timely opportunity for the policymakers to get things right. We have a long way to go, but we also have some great things to build on.

Today I had the chance to do an oral submission. I am much more accustomed helping others speak, so I was rather nervous doing the speaking myself.

Hopefully they heard my 3 main points:

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Today I was invited to speak with a group of 80 high school students.

School hasn't even started, and yet there they all were. They had volunteered to come in to school and learn about how to be a peer support. As part of their training, I was invited to speak for an hour about how to support fell...

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