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Scottish government seeks feedback from AAC users

The Scottish Government is seeking users of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to share their lived experiences, in order to assess the impact of recent legislation.

A 2018 Scottish law was intended to ensure that everyone living in Scotland who had been assessed by a speech and language therapist, and identified as requiring an AAC device, should be issued with relevant equipment and given support to use it.

A series of individual and group discussions are now being organised, for AAC users, their carers and their families to provide first-hand feedback. This will help with assessments of the impact and effectiveness of the legislation.

For more information and to get involved, email:

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an umbrella term, encompassing the various ways people can communicate apart from speech. It can include low-tech or no-tech options such as gesturing, drawing etc or high-tech options such as a computer with a ‘voice’ or using an app on a tablet or iPad.