The School of Life Sciences at Dundee University has won the Gold Watermark for their Public Engagement (PE) work from the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).
Telling Tales : Unlocking the Potential of AAC Technologies.
Tomorrow’s Winter Lecture at the University of Manchester by the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders is to be delivered by our Prof Annalu Waller:
“Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) has been transformed by the social media revolution made possible by the emergence of mobile technology. The cumbersome dedicated devices of the seventies have evolved into a burgeoning AAC app industry. But the limited use and abandonment of AAC technologies remains high. Unlocking the untapped potential of technology requires a paradigm shift in the design of AAC technologies by building systems which minimise the cognitive load placed on users, adapting to their individual physical and language needs. Telling Tales will share insights and stories of how the combination of user-centred design, interdisciplinary research and the application of intelligent computing is providing a vision of future generations of AAC.”
Followed by drinks reception.
Please register at Eventbrite for your free ticket, only few remaining!
A man who spent 14 years in institutions for people with profound learning and physical disabilities after contracting a brain infection will share the story of how he battled back to health at this year’s Margaret Harris Lecture at the University of Dundee.
‘Strength in Silence’ takes place at the Dalhousie Building on Wednesday 1 November from 6-7pm. Free tickets for this event are available via Eventbrite, calling 01382 385108 or from the University’s Tower Building Reception.
Great news: Our ‘I have Aphasia’ app has been recommended by the new MyTherappy Health App NHS website by the multi-award winning Neurorehabilitation Team at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.
After a very successful launch of our ‘I have Aphasia’ app at the end of the Aphasia Awareness Month in June, the group is now working hard on the first update to make the app also available on Android devices! Other new features aim include adding a choice for language and accent.
‘I have Aphasia’ is a new iOS app for people with aphasia, giving a brief but succinct explanation of their condition, which affects the ability to create and understand language. The app provides a short animated film made by people with aphasia outlining the key communication difficulties they face so that they can show it to others without the stress of trying to explain this themselves. The animation illustrates how people can assist them through understanding and patience. The iOS app is now free to download from the app store (uod.ac.uk/2u5Pvj1), a preview of the app animation can be found at aac.dundee.ac.uk/tap-and-talk.
Picture shows Shona Robison MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport) speaking at the launch event, watched by Sir Pete Downes (Principal, University of Dundee), John Connell (Chairman, NHS Tayside), Lesley McLay (Chief Executive, NHS Tayside), members of the design team and members of the user group.
The Dundee AAC Research Group will be involved in two talks at the PITL conference:
Thursday, 15 June 2017, 11:45am, Room 1F01
“CamOnWheels”: Increasing narrative skills and participation for young people with complex communication needs
Mascha Legel, Annalu Waller (Abstract booklet)
Thursday, 15 June 2017, 2:30pm, Room 1F06
Empowering Disabled Educators
Annalu Waller, Kathleen Cummins, Alan McGregor (Abstract booklet)
From the PITL website:
“Organised by PAMIS and the Research Centre for Transformative Change: Educational & Life Transitions, which is part of the University of Dundee, the first PITL (Promoting Inclusion, Transforming Lives) International Conference in June 2017 will attract more than 200 national and international delegates to Dundee and Angus for a 2 day conference.
At least two fully funded MSc in AAC places available for the academic year 2017/8 through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).
The funding is currently advertised on the following website: https://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/pg/scholarships-fees/sfc-funding-programmes/.
If you have any queries, please get in touch with Prof Annalu Waller, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brian Cox Prize Excellence in Public Engagement Project of the Year was awarded to Outer Space | Inner Space. The project is an interdisciplinary project between Centre for Gene Regulation & Expression (GRE), Computing in the School of Science and Engineering and Leisure & Culture Dundee aimed at ensuring accessibility for all. Recent installations include Ways of Vision, A Very Fishy Tale, Build a ‘Scope – Look Near and Far and The Giant Worm.
Valerie Bentivegna and Rolf Black, members of the Outer Space | Inner Space project team, were both highly commended for the Engaged Researcher of the Year award.
The Outer Space | Inner Space project, a collaboration between the University of Dundee and Leisure and Culture Dundee, has taken off to a new dimension. A local special school for children with multiple disabilities visited recently for a multi sensory trip to the stars!
The new immersive screen was filled with images and videos about everything you need from space boots to meteorite clusters. Access via switch allowed for our young space pioneers to keep control and everyone arrived safe back on earth!
Prof Annalu Waller OBE is featured in the top 100 list of people who affect life in the “Courier Country”.
“PANEL VIEW: Prof Waller has made a real difference to the lives of disabled people. She has given them a voice through her research, and as a disabled person herself who has achieved so much in her own life, she is an inspiration to children, young people and adults.”
Congratulations from everyone on the team!
For more details, visit the Courier online at: thecourier.co.uk/impact-100/