NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has launched IPAACKS – a new tool to support people working with and providing services to individuals who use augmentiative and alternative communication (AAC).
IPAACKS describes the core values and commitments required of those who work with people who use, or who may benefit from, AAC. It also highlights the AAC-specific knowledge and skills that workers should aspire to achieve in relation to the role they play in supporting individuals who use AAC. IPAACKS provides a framework for workers in health, education, social care, and the voluntary and independent sectors to identify their learning and development needs in relation to AAC.
AAC is a broad term which includes a wide range of techniques used to support or replace spoken communication. AAC systems include gesture, signing, graphic symbols, communication boards and books, as well as high-tech communication aids such as speech generating devices or voice output communication aids.
You can read more about, and access the tool, here.