University Rehabilitation Institute of Republic of Slovenia - URI Soča was a host for twelve representatives of all four partner insitutions involved in the project ICT-AAC (29th November 2013). Three speech and language pathologist who work within the Children's Unit or within the Unit for rehabilitation of patients who suffered brain damage presented their use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
You can view the full report, prepared by Jasmina Ivsac Pavlisa, PhD, here.
In order to broaden the knowledge about quality of user experience, several memebers of ICT-AAC team visited Image and Video-Communication group (IVC), one of research groups within University of Nsnts, IRCCyN.
Full study visit report, prepared by Jesenka Pibernik, PhD, can be downloaded here.
The first Open Day of project ICT-AAC was held on Saturday, November 9th, from 10-13 h at the Centre for Rehabilitation at Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences. Fifty visitors interested in the issue of assisted communication had the opportunity to get more insight into developed applications and consult with speech therapists and rehabilitators on how to use them.
"The second Open Day of project ICT-AAC" will be held on December 12th at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Among persons with complex communication needs who cannot communicate in the most usual and typical way, there are often the youngest children who due to different reasons cannot reach their environment through speech. Along with the Third Croatian Symposium on Early Childhood Intervention (Zadar, 26-28. September 2013) two events were organized in order to promote the project ICT Competence Network for Innovative Services for Persons with Complex Communication Needs (ICT-AAC). The goal of this international symposium was focused on the importance of the team work and collaboration among different professionals, but also on the new types of services like the high-technology solutions that can improve communication between the youngest users and their environment.
Project members visited Advisory Centre for Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) (Beratungszentrums für Unterstützte Kommunikation) at the University of Cologne from 8 to 10 October 2013. ICT-AAC team consisted of four project members; three from Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences and one from Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing.
The hosts presented us with current state in the field of AAC and discussed their experience from technical, rehabilitation and education aspects. We thank them for their hospitality while some of the photographs can be found below.