Public policy documents and reports:

Neurodisabilities 2016 forum http://
UNCRPD (United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)
NZ Disability Strategy 
Autism Living Guidelines  -
State of the Sector Invisible Disabilities PDF from Yes Disability

Good practice summaries:

Communication Partner Best Practices PDF as written up by Kate Anderson and additional Research to Practice guides fromthe group. 
Play Schemas - I love Susan Harper's summary table PDF  as well as her description here.

Evidence reviews:

Informed SLT -
Research Autism Net -
What Works Clearing House -
ASHA's systematic reviews -
ASHA's Evidence Maps -
Cochrane Library -

Autism - what to look for:

First Words Project-
ASD Detect (their website is temporarily down as of Jan 2020 - you can also download the app) -
Chart comparing DSM IV versus DSM V regarding ASD - Harker and Stone 2014 PDF


Literacy for All is an amazing resource, particularly for learners with complex needs - http://
Centre for Literacy and Disability Studies -
Jane Farrall's blog -
Willians Hill School -
Five from Five outlines the key reserach for literacy instruction -
Bookshare is a database that let's you look up books by theme, part of speech, phoneme etc -

Assessment tools

Bridge Assessment -
Communication Matrix -
PACT frameworks  -
MacAurthur Communication Checklist
 -  NZ version (contact authors before using) (
 - Samoan and Tongan -

Technology and tools:

App review list - AAC -
App review list -
Alternative Pencils
Co-Writer - British English (not Universal) -
Tar Heel Reader -
Pictello -
Pictello and Tar Heel reader converter -

Nonexhaustive list of resources for making low tech supports

Resources regarding reporting abuse

Central MN Sexual Assault Center's collection of symbols to support discussing abuse and crime -  from their Who, What, Where, When: A Symbol Book for Communicating with Sexual Assault Survivors who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Child Matters NZ -

Blogs / youtube / FB pages:

Praactical AAC has a great FB pages as well -
Caroline Musselwhite's two pages:
We Speak Podd -
Uncommon Sense Blog -

Some of my own thoughts and research shared publicly:

2018 Submission to Education subcommitte at Parliment
2017 Open Letter regarding the need for expressive voices for AAC technology
2017 Open Letter regarding language impairments and policy
2016 Submission to the NZ Parliamentary Select Committee regarding the Education Update
2015 Forum Note in AAC journal with Graham Pullin regarding need for expressive speech synthesis
2014 Published Collaboration with Éva Székely, Zeeshan Ahmeda, João P. Cabral, and Julie Carson-Berndsen
2007 Article outlining the state of the art in AAC with Krista Wilkinson with a focus on people with intellectual impairments

Accessing funding for AAC technology in New Zealand

Health funding - either ACC or MOH

Any one can refer themselves to TalkLink for an assessment.

You can also contact a private specialist with CAT-1 accreditation from Enable (a service we also provide). It is strong advised that you seek out an assessment, however given the long wait lists and the reality that some AAC options now cost less than a full assessment, some families are opting to self-fund apps. We strongly urge you to consider and/or trial at least 2 options if possible.

Here is a partial list of the types of symbol based iOS AAC apps that are considered to provide a reasonably robust, high quality vocabulary set (in alphabetical order). They differ significantly in terms of pricing structure (subscription v one off payment) and design principals (motor planning, pragmatic organisation, alphabet/semantic categories/syntactic prediction layouts, search features, voice quality, symbol sets etc).  Jane Farrall's app list is an excellent starting point.  Inclusive Communication's assessment kit includes demo versions of the following apps:


There currently are no Kiwi synthetic accented voices on the market. Nor has a synthetic speech engine been developed for the Te Reo Maori language. There are some great people working on this though at the moment!

Voice banking is an option if you want to create a custom voice using your own voice (or even someone else's voice that fits your gender, regional accent, and age).

This is a powerful tool if you are at risk for losing your own voice due to cancer, surgery, or a progressive numerological disorder.  This technology also allows someone to "donate" their voice to someone who would like to be able to speak with a voice that better reflects their regional identity, gender, and/or age.

Voice banking / custom voices for AAC

Cereproc -
VocalID -
Acapella -
Modeltalker -