2023 Research Grant

AGOSCI is pleased to announce the opening of applications for our 2023 Research Grant, to be used for research over the next year.  Applications close on the 27th November, 2023.

Access your application form by clicking the link below.

2023 Research Grant Application Form


In 2018, AGOSCI introduced a research grant to the value of $1000 to support the growth of research which will contribute to enhanced outcomes and participation for people with complex communication needs. The executive would like to congratulate Dr Andy Smidt and her research team on their receipt of this award. Andy plans to use the grant to create a range of videos of people with complex communication needs using different types of AAC to interact with a communication partner in natural settings. These videos will be used for a specific study on the assessment of people with complex communication needs and will later be available as a resource for use in university courses on AAC, ensuring AGOSCI’s investment has a lasting impact on the speech pathology profession. Watch this space for updates on Andy’s work as it progresses.

Projects currently seeking participants

 Research Title

 Target Group

 Further Information

The role of retail in the social inclusion of people with complex communication needs (CCN) using augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC).

Inclusion criteria for the research are:

  • Adults with CCN who use speech generating devices and who shop independently; that is, people who may be supported in handling goods when shopping but make their own decisions about what to buy and communicate with customer service staff;
  • Access to computer and internet (for online focus group participants and those participating in email interview methods);
  • Lifelong or acquired CCN;
  • Ability to give informed consent.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Intellectual disability or cognitive impairment that impacts on ability to give informed consent or ability to shop independently;
  • Lack of a functional AAC system;
  • Inability to use an AAC system effectively for shopping;

Contact: Sue Taylor

Email: Sue Taylor

Ph: 0408427664

Research in Progress

Researchers Name/s & Affiliation

Contact Details

Summary of
Research Topic

Additional Details

Emma Grace
Flinders University

Contact: Emma Grace

Ph: 08 7221 8895
Fax: 8201 3646
Email: Emma Grace

The effectiveness of a peer e-mentoring program supporting young people with complex communication needs to access social media as a potential strategy to increase participation in online conversations  

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