Communication

Beth Moulam, video conference and AAC guidance. Woman using AAC wearing glasses and sportingwhite sports top.

AAC and video conferencing

Back at the start of the pandemic, I published here some information on communicating with AAC and video conferencing.  Over time I have added and embellished this guidance based on my...

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2 balls on a balance board to show planned versus spontaneity in augmentative and alternative communication using AAC

Using AAC means being understood

Have you ever opened your mouth to speak only to find you can’t get a word into the conversation? Or managed to say something, just at the point everyone goes...

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AAC users socialising, sharing my passion for AAC, in Lisbon at ISAAC 2014

AAC and identity

We are all different.  A big part of my own identity is undoubtedly my physical disability, my communication impairment, and my hearing loss, and all of these contribute to how...

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Beth Moulam in power chair using communication aid, sports assistant holding microphone to communication aid so Beth's voice can be heard at Leeds Arena

Boccia and AAC

I’ve been thinking about the skills I needed for boccia at Tokyo 2020. Especially, how being a communication aid user helped me to achieve my dream of representing my nation...

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Open bags and suitcases in navy blue with Great Britain logos

Packing for the Paralympics

The bags and cases have been packed, unpacked, repacked, weighed, and weighed again, and still need some tweaking.  Packing for a boccia camp or a holiday is always a military...

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Beth Moulam playing boccia with assistant wearing visor

Am I good enough?

Every now and then I have a niggle of self-doubt, asking myself “am I good enough?”  Growing up in mainstream school I was the only disabled pupil with a power...

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Beth Moulam sat in power chair outside using communication device, AAC. Talking with Christie, her boccia sports assistant who is crouching. Both wearing navy sports kit with Boccia UK logo.

To verbalise or not to verbalise - choosing to use AAC

This has been on my mind for several months now. Back in February, I found something wrong with my mouth, I had a lump in my cheek and it was...

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Beth Moulam, girl using power chair, cerebral palsy, glider, life is an adventure

Life is an adventure

I’ve been having adventures every day of my life for as long as I can remember.  Sometimes they have been exciting and exhilarating or occasionally they’ve been scary.  Some we...

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