Better Care


Upcoming training

Access to Communication and Technology (ACT) are offering a range of courses to support colleagues working with people with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Environmental Control (EC) and Computer Access (CA) needs across the Greater West Midlands.

Family members and carers are welcome to apply to attend our courses.

Professionals and paraprofessionals who might be interested in these courses might include but are not limited to Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs), Occupational Therapists (OTs), Teachers, Rehabilitation & Teaching Assistants, Social Workers, Case Managers, Physiotherapists, Specialist Nurses, Managers and teams from Care and Nursing Homes, Doctors,  Early Years Practitioners. Employed/training in statutory, private and third sector settings. 

Our training plan for the year consists of courses that have been previously delivered and have evolved from well received feedback.  Interest in these courses still remains high.

For further information on any of our courses, including the learning outcomes for that course, or to express your interest in a course, please download the Expression of Interest form for the course you are interested in and e-mail it to:

We are monitoring levels of interest in our courses, to help us with future course planning. If you would be interested in attending a future run course, please register your interest here -

To ensure you receive details of future courses, as well as ACT’s regular bulletins, please subscribe to our mailing list by adding your details here - 


15/05/2019 – Text Based AAC - Ways to support the communication and language of literate people who are unable to use speech or handwriting as their main form of communication.

A interactive course for Speech and Language Therapists, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Teachers, Family members, AAC users  and practitioners working with adults and children who may require text-based (spelling based) AAC systems. The session will consider ways to support direct and indirect access to these solutions and will consider low/paper based and high tech/powered options.  This course is IPAACKS level 2 and 3.

Expression of interest form – 15/05/2019

Please see link for IPAACKs below.

19/06/2019 Environmental Controls 

Empowering clients with complex disabilities, to have control over their environment using bespoke and mainstream technology.  An interactive course for Occupational Therapists, Therapy Assistants, Specialist Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers and Voluntary Sector Staff. This practical course will enable those supporting clients with environmental control needs to increase their knowledge and skills in this area.

Expression of interest form – 19/06/2019


10/07/2019 Assessing and developing emerging communication

An interactive course for SLTs, Teachers, OTs, Day Centre Officers and Rehabilitation Assistants working with children or adults who either have profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) or remain in a prolonged disorder of consciousness (PDOC) i.e. a vegetative or minimally conscious state (VS or MCS), to develop their skills in assessing and supporting the development of emerging communication.  This course is IPAACKs level 2 and 3 please see below link.

Expression of interest form – 10/07/2019 

Please see link for IPAACKs below.


25/09/2019 Computer Access

“Adapting the use of computers and tablets for people with complex disabilities” 

An interactive course for: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants and Student Occupational Therapists.   This course may be of interest to other professionals such as:  speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, teachers or teaching assistants, personal assistants, or any other therapy assistants.  Due to the practical nature of this course, places are limited so please apply early and make only one application per team.

Expression of interest form – 25/09/2019

Courses for 2019 coming soon

16.10.2019 Local Commissioning follow up.

20.11.2019 To be confirmed

We have another date available to run a training course and will plan this later on in the year. We will let you know in good time via the mailing list.

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West Midlands AAC Clinical Excellence Network 


The WM AAC Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) has evolved from the previous WM AAC Care Pathway Specific Interest Group (SIG), which ran from 2006.

The CEN supports professionals across the region in their AAC development and networking. It meets 3 times a year in venues around the region. Meetings usually run from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

The CEN is registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and welcomes SLTs, OTs, Teachers, other professionals, users of AAC, students and family members/carers.

Meetings are informal and are organised by an elected committee. The meetings include presentations, case studies, news slots updates from manufacturers and suppliers, plus work to keep the WM AAC care pathway updated and live. In the context of the NHS England funding for AAC,  CEN will seek to support the delivery of AAC in the WM.

Information about forthcoming meetings will be added to the website.  ACT can also usually provide information about the next intended date and venue.

WM AAC CEN Dates 2019

The next WM AAC CEN meeting will be: 

Date: Wednesday 12th June 2019

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm 

Venue:  Smartbox Assistive Technology Ltd.  Ysobel House, Enigma Commercial Centre, Sandy’s Road, Malvern WR14 1JJ.

Please download the flyer by clicking here.


2019 Dates

·         6.11.19

To book a place on the CEN, please contact

Please click on the following link - West Midlands AAC Care Pathway documentation which guides teams to practical ways to make progress and is supported and updated by WM AAC CEN. 

Contact Us

Access to Communication and Technology
West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre
91, Oak Tree Lane
Selly Oak
B29 6JA

Tel: 0121 466 3050
Helpline: 0121 466 3028

Care pathway forms can be
emailed to: