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 as we are still receiving enquiries about opportunities to attend.

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 inform future course planning. If you would be interested in attending a future run of this course, please register your interest here -

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06/02/2019 - Low Tech Symbol Communication Systems

An interactive course for Speech and Language Therapists, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants, Teachers, Teaching Assistants and practitioners working with people who may require any symbol-based communication systems.  We also welcome expressions of interest from family members.  This course is IPAACKs level 2 and 3.

·         Ways to support the communication and language of people who are unable to use speech as their main form of communication

·         Using low tech symbol based resources as a local team.

Expression of interest form – 06/02/2019


19/03/2019 – Control of Technology for Communication and Play for Children with Complex Disabilities: “Parallel Pathways”

An interactive course  for Speech and Language Therapists, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Teachers, Physiotherapists and other practitioners working with children with complex disabilities and communication needs. We also welcome expressions of interest from family members.  This course is IPAACks level 2, 3 and 4.

This course will support you to separate out and work on the strands of development and progress that a child or young person might need to develop towards integrating skills of access and language and communication towards Augmentative and Alternative Communication use. These pathways will be through the use of play, curriculum activities, different access methods and language.

Expression of interest form – 19/03/2019

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.

Courses for 2019 coming soon

19.06.2019 Environmental Controls

10.07.2019 Assessing and Developing Emerging Communication

25.09.2019 Computer Access

16.10.2019 Local Commissioning follow up.

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 in 2014-15 and beyond the 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 13th March 2019 

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm 

Venue: St Lazar Church Hall, 92 Griffins Brook Lane, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 1QG

Please download the flyer by clicking here.

2019 Dates

·         13.3.19

·         12.6.19

·         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: