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Communication Matters host the very first AAC Awards Ceremony at the University of Leeds

Communication Matters AAC Awards 2019
MEETinLEEDS, the conference facilities for the University of Leeds, is proud to be supporting the very first Communication Matters AAC Awards 2019, this Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month.

Taking place at the University of Leeds on Friday 11th October, this new and exciting awards ceremony will celebrate the individuals, professionals and families that use all forms of communication methods and techniques, and the companies that provide support in these areas.

Supported by MEETinLEEDS, the awards ceremony is dedicated to all AAC users, their families and friends, teachers, teaching assistants, therapists, clinical scientists, suppliers of AAC products and anyone interested in supporting the AAC sector. Celebrating brilliant skills within arts, drama, poetry and dance, as well as those who deserve to be recognised for their commitment to AAC, people are invited to join an evening of celebration and recognition at the very first AAC Awards evening, which will be hosted in The Refectory. In addition to the awards ceremony, the event will also include a drinks reception, dinner, entertainment and dancing. Comedian Lost Voice Guy and winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, Lee Ridley, and our Charity Patron will be providing the after-dinner entertainment and presenting an award. 

MEETinLEEDS’ support of the new awards ceremony follows the success of the Communication Matters International AAC Conference, the UK’s leading annual AAC event, which took place earlier in September. Attracting over 430 delegates from 19 countries including Japan, the USA and Denmark, the AAC Conference provided a unique forum to meet and exchange information with an array of representatives across multiple disciplines, including AAC users, parents, personal assistants, professionals and more.

Communication disability in the UK affects millions of people. Up to 20% of the UK’s population experience communication difficulty at some point in their lives, and more than 10% of all children have a long-term communication need. In preparation for the conference, the team at MEETinLEEDS all undertook important face-to-face training with the aim of helping trainees identify ‘good communication’. What’s more, MEETinLEEDS were awarded the Early Adopter status for the Communication Access symbol last year; a symbol dedicated to indicating spaces that are accessible for people with communication difficulties.

Harriet Boatwright, Sales and Marketing Manager at MEETinLEEDS, commented: “We’re thrilled to be supporting Communication Matters with its very first awards ceremony. Following the success of the earlier AAC conference, a conference we have co-delivered on now for seven years, we are excited to have yet another opportunity to work with this fantastic charity and to celebrate the AAC Community. This event will be a true testament to recognising the very best of AAC users, their families and friends and many more. We look forward to attending the event this Friday, and can’t wait to congratulate the winners!”

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