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The Communication Capability Approach: embedding consumer choice into device recommendations

  • 26 Mar 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (AEDT)
  • Online via Zoom
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The Communication Capability Approach: embedding consumer choice into device recommendations

Presented by Dr. Andy Smidt and Chloe Wine

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Webinar Overview

For people who have complex communication needs and are recommended alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), getting the “right” device is an investment of time and money. However, device abandonment remains common, and researchers have attempted to investigate the causes of people abandoning devices. An alternate approach to AAC device prescription is the Communication Capability Approach (CCA) which uses the capability approach from Amartya Sen. This framework supports clinicians to view AAC users choosing how to communicate according to context and environment as a valid choice of the individual rather than viewing this as abandonment. In this workshop, we will unpack the Capability Approach and support attendees to consider the factors needed to create acceptance of AAC and success in communication.

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • understand the communication capability approach (CCA) and how it supports AAC device prescription
  • reconceptualise the AAC user as competent and able to exercise self-determination and agency in their choices.


Dr. Andy Smidt

Dr. Andy Smidt standing in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Dr Andy Smidt is an Associate Professor at Southern Cross University. Andy is one of the authors 

of the Communication Capability Approach and a researcher in communication needs of those with a lifelong disability who use AAC. 

Chloe Wine 

Chloe is front of a purple background

Chloe Wine is an early practicing speech pathologist with an interest in non-verbal clients and AAC.

Webinar Details

When: Tuesday 26th March 2024

Where: Online via zoom 

This is a LIVE 120 minute webinar, free for AGOSCI members and $100 for non-members to access.

Please note there will be NO RECORDING available afterwards.

Start times

QLD: 6pm

NSW / ACT / VIC / TAS: 7pm

SA: 6.30pm

NT: 5.30pm

WA: 4pm

Registration and Cancellation Policy

Registration is only confirmed upon full payment of fee. To access the discounted rate for members you must be logged into your AGOSCI member account prior to registration. 

  • 100% refund until 60 days before event.
  • 50% refund between 8-59 days before event. 
  • No refunds within 0-7 days of event start date.

Applications for registrations are subject to final approval by AGOSCI to ensure fair and equal access to events across organisations. Waitlist registrations will be taken upon all positions being filled.


AGOSCI is grateful to Dr. Andy Smidt and Chloe Wine for offering this free webinar to our audience.

AGOSCI is an independent body and does not endorse individual products or brands. The purpose of this webinar is to provide educational information to members on the availability and suitability of this technology, as another option in their AAC toolkits. AGOSCI advises individuals seek local and professional advice from a qualified speech pathologist before purchasing any product.

AGOSCI acknowledges the presence and contributions of all suppliers and resources available in the Australian and International AAC marketplace.

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