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Training Events at ACE Centre

ACE Centre Training

ACE Centre provides a range of training opportunities to support individuals with complex communication and learning needs.

Our Assistive Technology Unit is a four day course providing an overview of Assistive Technology (AT) to support communication and learning, and considers the assessment process for identifying AT requirements.  ACE Centre run this course each year.  Click here for course details and booking information.

Our Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Unit is a four day course exploring the needs of individuals with complex communication difficulties, critically evaluating the available range of AAC resources and strategies, and examining the issues of assessment, implementation, support and training.  Click here for course details and booking information.

Our Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Assistive Technology is a Continuing Professional Development opportunity for practitioners interested in pursuing further academic study in the field of Assistive Technology for communication and learning. This postgraduate award is delivered over 2 years and is validated by Manchester Metropolitan University. Click here for course details and booking information.

Makaton Beginner's Workshop 

The Makaton Beginner's Workshop is a two day course designed for family members and carers. Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. Course manuals, certificates, a buffet lunch and refreshments are provided. To book a place select the date and location below, which will open Eventbrite to complete your booking.

11th /12th January 2018 9.30am - 4.00pm (Oldham) 

19th/20th April 2018 9.30am - 4.00pm (Abingdon)

AAC Training

AAC Assessment Online Learning Modules

AAC Assessment Module 1 Augmentative and Alternative Communication - An introduction to AAC

AAC Assessment Module 2 Chapters 1 – 6

These resources were supported by NHS Education Scotland (www.nes.scot.nhs.uk), and produced by Manchester Metropolitan (Dr Janice Murray, Helen, Bell, Helen Whittle, Osman Javaid) in collaboration with Sara Dale (ACE Centre) and Janet Scott, Scottish Centre of Technology for the Communication Impaired (SCTCI).

Training to support local AAC Services in North West and Thames Valley and Wessex regions

ACE Centre offers a series of free training events to support the use and implementation of Augmentative & Alternative Communication within the framework of the NHS Specialised AAC Service.  These sessions are aimed at Professionals working within our Specialised AAC Service regions.

These events aim to support practitioners who: 

  • work with individuals who have been/may be referred to the NHS Specialised AAC Service, and/or 
  • are involved in the set up and/or development of a local AAC Service

Book early to avoid disappointment.  Please note that due to limited capacity, only a maximum of 2 places will be allocated to a single organisation (e.g. Speech and Language Therapy Department, school etc.)

Follow these links for details of upcoming sessions in the: 

North West region

Thames Valley & Wessex region