Capture Collaborate Connect

May 22, 2013

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People who use alternate methods of communication are invited to attend a weekend camp, facilitated by Interchange Outer East’s Communication Program Coordinator, Bec Casey.

The ability to communicate – to share with others your thoughts, needs and wishes or just to contribute to a conversation – is a vital part of being a social being. For too long a percentage of our population has been denied effective communication. Improving communication for all, particularly for those who fall into this group, is one of Interchange Outer East’s priorities.

Since her appointment as Coordinator of IOE’s Communication Development Program last year, Bec Casey has thrown herself into finding new ways of sharing information about augmentative and alternate communication aids with as many people as possible.

To date, this has mainly been through running a series of information sessions which have explored the capabilities and use of iPads and similar devices, such as communication aids, together with a practical ‘try before you buy’ component for those considering purchasing iPads and the huge range of associated communication apps. Home visits and one on one sessions have also enabled families to set up iPads and other communication devices specifically for the user. Bec has also run workshops, and information sessions for, or in collaboration with, other organisations.

“It is truly inspiring to witness someone being able to communicate effectively for the first time in their life” said Bec “Being able to express thoughts, emotions and desires is just so empowering for them and humbling for those who are witness to it”

The latest extension to the Communication Program is the Capture, Collaborate, Connect camp, which aims to create and expand opportunities for people with little or no speech. The camp is open to all families who use, or are looking to use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) techniques. Family members are not required to have any association with Interchange, only to want to learn about the possibilities of AAC.

During the duration of the weekend camp there will be lots of information available about the various communication devices and techniques, sharing of knowledge and networks, and workshops on communicating. And, of course, as the camp is being run by Interchange Outer East, there will be plenty of fun and time to socialise!

The camp will be held at Camp Manyung in Mt Eliza from Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December 2013.

To register or for more information about the Capture, Collaborate, Connect camp or alternative communication devices please contact Bec Casey on 9758 5522 or email bec.casey@ioe.org.au  See the Publications page of this website for current app lists and other useful information.

by Sandra Leehy

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