AGOSCI – the name

Originally, AGOSCI was an acronym created in 1981 which stood for “Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment”. Due to changes in terminology and the wider reach of the group, AGOSCI now no longer refers to itself in that way but continues to use the word.

Complex Communication Needs? What are they?

Complex Communication Needs is defined as the difficulty communicating using speech alone.

People with CCN include those with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Stroke, Intellectual Disability, sensory impairments and degenerative conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease.

AGOSCI’s current activities include:

  • Education and Training
  • Conference
  • National Tour
  • State based events
  • Networking
  • Information
  • AGOSCI In Focus(magazine)
  • Listserv
  • Website
  • Participation in Social Media
  • Advocacy

Topics associated with complex communication needs may include:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Speech Generating Devices

  • Sign and Gesture systems including Key Word Sign

  • Mealtime assistance

  • Dysphagia

  • Saliva control

  • Personal experiences

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