AAC Awareness

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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UNCRPD committee meeting 15 August 2022, Geneva. Inside the chamber.

International Communication Rights Alliance

I've been a committee member on the International Communication Rights Alliance (ICRA) since January 2021. ICRA has been working towards operationalising communication rights for those with comprehensive communication needs.  Jacob...

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Beth Moulam at Naidex 2022. Beth sits in wheelchair in front of Naidex poster anything is possible. Ableism and communication impairment.

Ableism and communication impairment

There has been so much on social media recently about ableism. One tweet “abled bodied privilege is ….the advantage people have simply for not being disabled’ got me thinking. Sorry,...

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Beth Moulam with AAC role model, shopping in city. Beth wears turquoise and is sat in a wheelchair with communication aid mounted in front of her. Man is sat in power wheelchair wearing purple and has communication aid mounted on his wheelchair.

AAC role models

This last weekend I was privileged to be invited back to a 1 Voice family weekend. I started going to this annual event when I was 7 years old. It...

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Beth Moulam, GB Boccia Paralympian 2020. Beth sits in power chair delivering a boccia training session. She has her communication aid, known as an AAC device, mounted on the front of her chair. Beth wears white trainers, navy bottoms and a red GB top. Beth is also wearing glasses.. The sports hall floor is blue and in the foreground is the hand of a player who has thrown a blue boccia ball onto the court. Beth has retired from boccia but life never stands still she is still involved in delivery of the sport.

Moving forward with AAC: Life never stands still

I'm moving forward with AAC, life never stands still. Are you like me?  Finding that things in life constantly evolve? Following my decision to retire from elite boccia I’ve been...

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