Communication Matters Conference 2021

13 - 17 September, Virtual

CM2021 Call for Papers


You are invited to contribute to the Communication Matters CM2021 International AAC Conference.

The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended by one week to 30 April 2021.

Further information on how to submit your abstract is shown below. 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: Papers submitted under this heading are carried out by independent organisations such as education, social or health services and universities. Authors should pay particular attention to describing the methodology and results of the study.
  • Clinical and Professional Experience: Papers submitted under this heading may include service development, audit or implementation projects, as well as practice reports. Typically, these papers will be presented by health or education professionals or those working for other organisations for AAC users.
  • Personal Stories and Preferences: Papers submitted under this heading would include personal experience stories, single case studies and examples of AAC in the wider community.


Papers can be submitted as either a platform presentation (please note that the platform presentation length has been reduced from 45 to 30 minutes) or a poster.

We particularly welcome contributions from AAC users and family members. We would also be interested to hear your experiences of telehealth this year. We are really pleased to see all the abstracts coming in so far, but we would also love to see some more abstracts from: 1. professionals who are working with adult clients and 2. teachers or those working within a school curriculum. If this is you, please have a look at the link below!

New in 2019 were Lightning Talks – these 'lightning presentations' will offer delegates the opportunity to present ideas in a short, concise way. This format requires the presenter to write 15 slides, each of which automatically advances after 25 seconds. There will be six presentations during the conference session for these – with each presentation allocated 6.25 minutes. If you’ve got a thought, something you’ve designed, or even just a topic you feel passionate about, come along and share it with our delegates in this concise, fast-paced ideas forum! AAC users will be allocated 100% extra time (12.5 minutes in total) and double the number of slides (30 slides).

If you are unsure and want to talk about the opportunity please call us on 0113 343 1533 or email

We look forward to receiving your abstract submission by the closing date of 30 April 2021.

How to submit an abstract

You must read the Guidelines for Abstract Submission to submit an abstract for presentation. Follow the link below to access the abstract website to view the Guidelines and submit your abstract.

Alternatively, if you are unable to access the system, please email us at or call us on 0113 343 1533.


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