Friday Announcements – 5 October 2018

Friday Announcements – 5th October 2018

1. 2-Day PODD training for Parents and Professionals
2. World CP Day 2018
3. Let’s work together to help make secondary schools more inclusive
4. CALL Scotland Online Learning
5. Job Opportunity at CandLE
6. Getting Started with Snap + Core First events!
7. New dates announced for Smartbox Getting Started with Grid 3 training
8. MEETinLEEDS & IMC Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

News from CM:
9. Sarah Ezekiel Prints for sale!
10. London CM Roadshow
11. About Friday Announcements

1. 2-Day PODD training for Parents and Professionals

From Michelle Ijewsky, Foxfield School:

This 2-day course will run Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October. It will provide teachers, support staff, parents and other communication partners with information and strategies to more effectively interact with and teach children who are learning to use PODD communication books. The course is priced at £215 pp.

Please email or call 0151 6418810 for further information or to book.

2. World CP Day 2018

From Richard Luke, Scope:

World Cerebral Palsy Day is celebrated on Saturday 6th October 2018. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of cerebral palsy: to ensure that children and adults living with cerebral palsy are not discriminated against and receive the same rights and opportunities as the rest of our society, and to celebrate the lives and achievements of those who live with cerebral palsy and the individuals and organisations who support them.

Will you be joining in with World CP Day this year? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


Contact Email:

3. Let’s work together to help make secondary schools more inclusive

From Dr Armineh Soorenian, Alliance for Inclusive Education:

By law, schools should make Accessibility Plans to enable Disabled children and young people to access school facilities and make the most of their education. However, there have been no studies to find out if Accessibility Plans help Disabled pupils to feel included and part of their school communities. ALLFIE has received funding from the Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) grants programme to lead a project on the effectiveness of schools’ Accessibility Plans.

In October 2018, we will be holding focus groups in North East England for:

  • Disabled young people and children
  • Parents of Disabled learners
  • Educators and professionals

We will use these discussion groups to find out about any gaps between what the law says and people’s real-life experiences in schools.

Dates and times:

  • Parents – Monday 8th October, 11:00-13:00
  • Disabled children & young people – Wednesday 10th October, 16:00-18:00
  • Educators and professionals – Friday 12th October, 16:00-18:00


  • John Lewis Community Hub meeting room, Leeds City Centre
  • Victoria Gate, Harewood St, Leeds LS2 7AR

Further groups will be held in other regions throughout England in autumn.

Even if you don’t feel well-informed about Accessibility Plans, why not get involved and share your experiences with us? Help us help you to get Accessibility Plans which really work.

If you would like more information about the project, please contact the project researcher, Dr Armineh Soorenian, at:

4. CALL Scotland Online Learning

From Allan Wilson, CALL Scotland (Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning):

A Guide to Selecting iPad Communication Apps, 16.00 – 17.30, Tuesday 30th October. £30.

This introductory level workshop will explore the different types of communication apps that are available for iPad, based on the CALL Scotland ‘Wheel of AAC Apps’ as a guiding structure. This will include symbol-based grid Apps and text-based Apps, with many different features, as well as simple communication apps which use photo/picture images.

We will also view apps to help with assessing skills and those for developing language and communication skills. There will be time for discussing and comparing apps, and time to view tools for matching app features to a person’s needs. The expected outcome of the course is that participants will be able to make informed choices of which communication apps to choose for a person with communication difficulty.

Get further information and bok a place at

5. Job Opportunity at CandLE

From Marion Stanton, CandLE:

CandLE is looking for a half-time (2.5 days) teacher to join their team. The successful candidate needs to be able to travel between Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Stansted and London. Please contact Marion Stanton ( for further details and a full job description.

6. Getting Started with Snap + Core First events!

From Tina Voizey, Tobii Dynavox:

Come and join us for a hands-on training course which will take you through everything you need to get started in using Snap + Core First…from setup to implementation. We will cover all the bases!
Our team of experienced AAC professionals will guide you through getting started and customizing Snap + Core First for the individuals you support.

  • 30th Oct Nottingham
  • 31st Oct Newcastle
  • 1st Nov Glasgow
  • 13th Nov Swansea
  • 3rd Dec Maidstone
  • 4th Dec Aberdeen
  • 5th Dec Cheadle

What is included?

  • A full copy of Snap + Core First
  • Extended trials of Boardmaker Online
  • A certificate of attendance
  • Lunch
  • Exclusive discounts, offers, and prizes

What will I learn?

  • Technical skills needed to setup, edit, and customize Snap + Core First
  • Implementation skills needed to support engagement and literacy development
  • Communication partner skills which facilitate growth
  • Fully utilize the free resources in Pathways for Core First to address a wide-range of needs and engage others in the process

Tickets are £25. For more information and to book a place please go to:

7. New dates announced for Smartbox Getting Started with Grid 3 training

From Hannah Craven, Smartbox:

New dates announced for Getting Started with Grid 3 events taking place in Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.

This hands on, introductory course will guide you through everything you need to get started with our software – perfect for people that are new to Grid 3! We’ll take you through setup, show you how to customise ready-made grid sets and create new resources.

Our training day costs £50, which includes a licenced copy of Grid 3, 6hrs CPD for professionals and lunch.

Find out more and book your place here:

8. MEETinLEEDS & IMC Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

From Anthony Lowe, MEETinLEEDS:

Our team has been nominated for a prestigious Meeting Industry Association (MIA) Awards 2018 for our partnership with the International Medieval Congress (IMC) – Europe’s largest annual academic conference in the humanities!

A public vote will decide who wins the MIA Awards 2018, therefore we would be really greatful if you could read the full story and help boost the University’s chances of winning the title!

Voting closes on Sunday 14 October

9. Sarah Ezekiel prints for sale

We have these two lovely prints for sale from eye-gaze artist Sarah Ezekiel, costing £15 each!

If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Rita Haspel at

10. London CM Roadshow

Find out about exciting new products from a variety of suppliers! Don’t forget you must book a place. The roadshow you can currently book a place on is:

  • London – Wed 21 November

To find out which suppliers are attending and to book, visit our website by clicking on the links below:

Read more about Roadshows
Request a place on a Roadshow

If you are having trouble booking a place on a Roadshow, please contact the CM office on 0113 343 1533.

11. About Friday Announcements

These ‘Friday Announcements’ comprise weekly product updates, upcoming courses and supplier news.

Please email the item you want to be included by Thursday 5pm – no more than 200 words (one entry per organisation per week) – and include contact email and/or link so readers can find out further information – no file attachments please. Communication Matters will review, collate and post suitable submissions.