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Beth Moulam ABC or A to Z of AAC. Lived experiences thoughts, views and opinions

A to Z of AAC

I'd been toying with the idea of an A to Z of AAC for months.  Suddenly October seemed the right time to share my thoughts as it was international AAC awareness month.  I've published every day on social media, mainly Twitter with what's below, and with a bit more explanation...

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Reading time: 5 mins
Beth Moulam holding stylus to direct input to communicate using AAC. Woman using AAC wearing glasses and sporting white sports top.

Direct input to communicate using AAC

Being given all the tools to communicate is brilliant.  Being human there are sometimes unexpected physical and environmental factors that impact our output. Occasionally however hard I try I just don’t seem to be able to make my body support direct input to communicate using AAC.   By occasional, these issues...

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Reading time: 6 mins
Using AAC at home. Courtyard garden with planting

Using AAC at home

Using AAC at home and in the wider community has to be a real goal in my mind.  Schools are reactive environments for many children who use AAC, answering questions in the closed context of the lesson. Or maybe making functional choices at break times. By comparison outside school there...

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AAC speech is not free. Picture of an ipad used as a communication device

AAC speech is not free

We live in a society where we supposedly have the right to freedom of speech.  The majority of the population can say what they think, when they want and where they want.  Speech is a privilege that many people take for granted. I’d like to turn this concept on its...

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Ablestay London external view, grey bungalow with ramped access

London has become accessible

I love to travel, however, going away is never easy with a disability. We love seeing family and friends too. My grandpa and one uncle live down south, but so do a lot of friends and family who we are really close to. Partly because the first 19 years of...

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Beth Moulam aged 10, with CP, using AAC device lightwriter. Wearing pink on a sunny day.

AAC and my thoughts at 10 years old

I’ve been speaking in public since I was 11, back in 2005.  The very first time I was in front of an audience I felt hesitant but I got really good feedback.  I’d been asked to share a few thoughts about how I felt as a communication aid user with...

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AAC spoons and speech fatigue. 5 coloured plastic spoons in pink, green, orange, purple and red on a pink background as a visual for spoon theory

AAC, spoons and speech fatigue

I’ve spent several years using spoon theory to effectively explain to others my physical energy and fatigue levels. However, I realise that spoon theory could also be adapted to self-management of my speech production. There is a definite link between my physical energy and fatigue levels and my speech production...

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Reading time: 6 mins
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