Sunday 8 - Tuesday 10 September

Communication Matters 2019

University of Leeds

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Delegates will be able to choose from a large number of presentations in the conference programme. It will be a great opportunity to hear about, and be part of, the latest developments in the field of AAC.



All sessions are categorised into three 'levels' as a guide to the type and nature of the presentation:

  • Introductory sessions assume no previous knowledge of AAC
  • General sessions assume participants have a knowledge of AAC, probably gained over several years, and the sessions may have more discussion time than an Introductory session
  • Specialist sessions assume even greater knowledge and, in some cases, will be more participatory in nature
We have based our topic areas on the three aspects of evidence based practice, which constitute improved outcomes for all. These aspects are:
  • Best Research Evidence (from independent organisations such as education, social or health services and universities)
  • Clinical & Professional Experience (presented by health or education professionals or those working for other organisations for AAC users)
  • Personal Stories & Preferences (would include personal experience stories, single case studies and examples of AAC in the wider community).
In addition to platform presentations there will be poster sessions on the Monday & Tuesday and also some more participatory events.

Keynote Speakers

Monday Keynote: Karen Erickson, Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tuesday Plenary: Dave Young, performance poet and artist.
More information on our Keynote Speakers

Conference Guide

Download our Conference Online Guide if you've not been to conference before. The first time at conference can be overwhelming - so many delegates and a jam-packed schedule. This guide should help you enjoy the experience!

Annual Meeting of Associate Members

Associate Members of Communication Matters can attend the 2019 Annual Meeting of Associate Members on Sunday 8th September at 4pm. Non-members are welcome to attend as observers but they cannot vote on resolutions or speak to the meeting.

Final Programme

The full programme is now available to download here! Final Programme PDF (uploaded 30.08.19).

Registration opens at 13.00 on the Sunday. Following the Annual Meeting, the exhibition opens with a welcome drinks reception at 18.00 with conference supper from 19.30 and entertainment.

Monday morning starts with a welcome talk at 9.00 and the keynote presentation shortly afterwards. Parallel sessions run from 10.30 - 18.00 with plenty of refreshment breaks and lunch where you can view the posters. The drinks reception (arrive in your fancy dress!) starts at 18.40, before a beautiful 3-course conference dinner from 19.30, with entertainment until late.

Tuesday sees parallel sessions running from 9.00, again with plenty of refreshment breaks and lunch (where you can view the posters) and the plenary presentation starts at 14.15 with the final farewell at 15.30.


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For Presenting Authors:

We recommend that presenting authors Download IT Instructions and view our NEW Top Tips for Presenting Video by our patron, Martin Pistorius.

If you are presenting a Poster, please Download Guidelines for Poster Submission. If you are giving a Lightning Talk, please Download Guidelines for Lightning Talks and if you would like to use our Lightning Talk template, you can download it here.