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Using AAC confidently and competently, device is an iPad with a yellow and blue screen

Competence and confidence

Recently I had a very interesting conversation, which set me thinking. I’m 28 and I’m only now finding my feet when it comes to confidently communicating ‘verbally’. By this, I mean communicating with those who don’t know me, or who haven't met an AAC user before.  I’ve always put myself...

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Beth Moulam hugging communication device AAC

I love Lucy

And, why wouldn’t I love Lucy? Lucy is my voice. She is what I sound like, both to others, and when I hear my voice. Most people don’t think about their voice, it’s just that, a part of them. Their voice. So why do I love Lucy? The shock of...

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Beth Moulam CP Athlete with GB at Tokyo Paralympics 2020.

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

I might look disabled to others, but as the saying goes don’t judge a book by its cover. Just because I’m surrounded every time we meet by technology does not mean I’m incapable of having a high-quality life. This month is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and I've seen lots of...

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Beth Moulam Paralympian at The Vale Primary School leading assembly on dreams, hard work and resilience.

Marching on

My last blog post was about stepping back from boccia and retiring as an elite athlete. I’ve known for a long time what I wanted to do when I had the time and energy to move forward. So, now I’m marching on with those plans. My retirement from boccia was...

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Beth Moulam, boccia athlete, in Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games athlete village in front of the agitos logo. Wearing pale blue GB kit, hat and sunglasses on head. Reflections on stepping back from boccia

Stepping back

Stepping back from elite sport can always be a challenge. Especially so when on the face of things you are succeeding and people see you on a roll. Then, when after years of dreaming and hard work you are beginning to fulfill your potential on a world stage. Reflecting on...

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Beth Moulam, girl in red and white t shirt, looking at books sat in wheelchair, world book day

World Book Day and developing literacy

In celebration of world book day, I thought I'd do a developing literacy post.  Without the ability to read then the world of written books remains inaccessible. Literacy is a subject close to my heart, for many reasons.  For those of us who are lifelong users of AAC, there seem...

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International Wheelchair Day

Happy international wheelchair day.  When I was 7 I asked for a power chair for my birthday. Until then I had been pushed first in a pushchair, then in a McLaren buggy, and then in a manual chair. Not long before I’d met some adult AAC users and they all...

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