The ACE Centre Advisory Trust was established in 1984 and is based in Headington (in the grounds of the Nuffield Orthopeadic Centre)
The ACE Centre works with children who have little or no communication due to conditions such as cerebral palsy, head injury, autism, stroke. They provide assessments for children with complex disabilities who require assisted/augmented communication aids in order to communicate and to learn. (Think Stephen Hawking talking computer!) In simpler terms they “assess children’s capabilities in conjunction with their disabilities; what can they do? how much can they move?, what is their cognitive age? etc” For each assessment they provide an occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, special educational needs teacher and assistive communication technologist. This initial assessment takes a whole day and their staff work together with the child, their parents / carers, teachers and therapists to fully understand each individual childs needs before prescribing a communication aid/s which would provide a bridge for the child to begin communicating. Following assessment the centre ‘loans’ the child a communication aid/s to trial at home, school, socially etc to see how well it fits with their lifestyle and needs (this loan is typically for 3-6 months while the local education authority or primary care trust arranges permanent provision, however should the child need the loan equipment for a longer period we are happy to extend the loan). Children are re-assessed periodically, usually at ‘transition points’ such as the move from primary to secondary school, secondary school to university, as their condition worsens or improves or as their needs change – what teenager doesn’t want a mobile phone!. Its not just about communication, for children who have never been able to play, these communication aids can also link to games and toys allowing them to have fun, use mobile phones, access the internet and even turn on the tv! They also provide training on the use of AAC / AT equipment, as well as providing an information, support and advice service to parents, carers, teachers, therapists etc.
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1. The ACE Centre Advisory Trust Providing assistive / augmented communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) solutions to severely disabled people since 1984
2. Mission <ul><li>To provide personalised and independent assessment, research and development, advice and training services for people with severe physical and communication disabilities, and those who support them. By doing this we enable them to communicate, learn and participate in society. </li></ul>Vision A society where people with complex physical and communication disabilities have a voice to be heard.
3. What do we do? <ul><li>Provide independent assessments for children who have no communication due to severe physical disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Loan assistive / augmented communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Provide training, information, support and advice services to parents, carers, teachers, therapists etc </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul>
4. To see the video click on the link! <ul><li>http://vimeo.com/8031289 </li></ul>
5. What is a communication aid?
13. Statistics <ul><li>See children & young people across the country in schools and at the centre </li></ul><ul><li>Each year the ACE Centre provides: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A full initial assessment to approximately 100 children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A re-assessment to approximately 30 children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loan 500+ individual pieces of AAC and AT equipment from their ‘loan library’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Runs 2 full ‘ChatterBox’ networking days for children who use AAC / AT equipment and their families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide 12 information days for free advice, information and support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answers hundreds of questions relating to AAC / AT via phone, email and website enquiries </li></ul></ul>
14. How can You help? <ul><li>£7,200 would buy a Liberator 14 communication aid for use in assessments and loan library. </li></ul><ul><li>£4,000 would provide a full day of fun and peer interaction for children who uses AT equipment and also allow families to meet others in the same / similar situation. </li></ul><ul><li>£1,750 would help cover the costs for a full assessment for a child with severe and complex physical disabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>£900 would pay for one full information day providing support, advice and information to parents, carers, teachers and children with AAC / AT needs. </li></ul><ul><li>£150 pays for one ‘Look2Talk Binder’ which helps a pre-school child learn to communicate. </li></ul><ul><li>PROMOTION OF OUR WORK </li></ul>
15. Some ideas <ul><li>October– international AAC awareness month </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsored no-speech day! You have to communicate using other means for a whole day (we can provide you with some example charts). </li></ul><ul><li>Get others to join you! </li></ul><ul><li>Sell your sponsorship needs to your workmates doing a lunchtime presentation all with text to speech software (we can show you how! Just get in touch) </li></ul><ul><li>Posters and collection boxes </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-marketing on our media (web, newsletter) </li></ul>
16. Thankyou <ul><li>Local and regional charity </li></ul><ul><li>Work with a broad diverse group of individuals helping them to speak </li></ul><ul><li>Need money (!) and just as importantly local promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Get in touch for ideas and help raising money! </li></ul>