Webinar Series

The Agosci webinar series is designed to promote skills and knowledge about AAC across all sectors of the Australian community.   All webinars are free to attend for Agosci members only.  

To attend a future webinar, please log-in to your Agosci account and proceed to the members only page to register.

To view past webinars, please log-in to your Agosci account and proceed to the members only section to view recordings. Past webinars are online within 48 hours of the view date.

Disclaimer:  the information presented in the webinars is the personal opinion of the presenter.


12. Using AAC to give evidence in court and tribunal hearings*

Presented by Fiona Given

Wednesday, April 10, 2019  7:30pm AEST (7:30pm QLD/NSW/VIC/TAS; 7:00pm SA/NT; 5:30pm WA)

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This webinar will focus on using AAC to give evidence in court and tribunal hearings.

Fiona Given uses AAC and is a general member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She has heard a number of cases involving people who used AAC and has published in the area. The aim of this webinar is to demonstrate that AAC is a legitimate way to give evidence in courts and tribunals. 


1. Janelle Sampson - What is AAC, and what does it look like?  

Presented 17th February 2017. The first thing to know about AAC is what it should look like. Without knowing where you are heading, it’s often hard to prioritise the multitude of individualised considerations that you will need to make as you start or continue along the learning curve. It’s important to know what real and functional communication with AAC looks like, and also what it doesn’t look like. 

This first seminar in our series of ‘An Introduction to AAC’ will provide participants with examples and stories highlighting the use of augmentative and/or alternative modes for interaction, conversation, learning and participation. It will introduce participants to the variety of ways the messages can be conveyed from different types of technology or non-technology, to various access methods and environments. Without knowing what it looks like, how can we start a journey ourselves, or recommend appropriate supports for our clients. To quote Stephen Covey who wrote ‘7 habits of highly effective people’, we must begin with the end in mind.

The seminar will also discuss some simple strategies to get started, and the role of various players within that process i.e. The person using AAC, family, educators, peers and other service providers. 

2. Cathy Binger - Towards Cohesive Language Development in AAC.

This is a live recording of Cathy's keynote address at the 2017 AGOSCI conference.

Viewing tip - easiest to view on a large screen and good speakers.

3. Fiona Given - Being Part of the AACtion

July 2017. Fiona Given shares her keynote address from the AGOSCI 2017 conference about experience as an AAC user. She speaks frankly of the barriers experienced by multi-modal communicators in Australian society, as well as insight into what the future holds for AAC communicators.

4. Nick Bradbury - How I Became an AAC Communicator

September 2017. Nick Bradbury is a man in his 30’s who started his AAC journey as a child. He has established himself as an independent communicator through switch scanning (via his right knee). Nick shares with us his progression with communication devices and talks about his struggles and triumphs. He talks about what it means to achieve communicative competence, and will provide opportunities to answer questions. 

5. Barbara Solarsh and Georgia Burn (Scope) - Championing Communication Access for All

October 2017. Scope Australia have been leading Australia in their projects to promote communication access for people with complex communication needs. Barbara Solarsh (Communication Access Coordinator) and Georgia Burn (Communication Access Consultant) speak to us about the work that Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre and the Victorian Communication Access Network (CAN) has done over the last 8 years, including the Communication Access Symbol accreditation process which has now been awarded to over 200 Victorian businesses. With ambitions to spread these initiatives throughout Australia, Barb and Georgia will be available to discuss the process of awarding the Communication Access Symbol, how people with complex communication needs can get involved, and will discuss what the future holds for communication access in Australia, as well as your questions about communication access.

6. Gail Bennell - AAC and the NDIS - Surfing the Waves of Change

Thursday November 16th 2017. 

With the NDIS getting into full swing across Australia, we are seeing change not only to the way things in disability are being done but also changes within the way the scheme itself is run. Gail Bennell is a speech pathologist, private practice coach and video podcaster who has worked with participants within the NDIS roll out in 3 states since 2013. She will discuss the NDIS Assistive Technology (including AAC) framework, the challenges of providing services in a rapidly changing environment, and the ways that participants and providers can survive (and thrive) in the waves of change. 

7. Siobhan Daley - Achieving Functional Communication Through Minspeak

Thu, March 15th, 2018 7:30 PM AEDT

Siobhan Daley is boccia athlete, an aspiring speech pathology student and an AAC user. She shares with us her journey in learning Minspeak and discussing the successes, challenges and technical aspects on how this method has worked for her and what has helped her in becoming proficient in this language.

8. Janelle Sampson - Assessment and AAC - Where do we start? What am I looking for?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 7:00 PM AEST

Where do we start when it comes to assessing people with Complex Communication Needs for the most appropriate AAC solution? Janelle Sampson has over 25 years experience as a Speech Pathologist and currently runs Two Way Street, a busy private practice in South Australia. She will present on considerations for assessment with regards to client/family centred practice and also within the context of AAC requirements. Participants will learn about the assessment process and outcome measurement approaches, as well as have the opportunity to post questions and discuss assessment challenges with Janelle.

9. Dr Jane Remington-Gurney - Communication assistants: What strategies do they use in conversation with people who have Down syndrome, Rett syndrome or Cerebral Palsy?

Tuesday, September 4th 2018 5:30 PM AEST


We know that the people supporting individuals with complex communication needs (CCN) play an invaluable role in enabling them to communicate and have their voices heard in community. However, conversation is more than just communicating and often elusive to people with CCN. 

In my PhD study, Conversations Without Speech: A qualitative investigation of the strategies used by adult communication assistants in Queensland, the person without a reported disability was the focal point. In the peer reviewed literature this person is referred to as a communication partner irrespective of their knowledge and skills in AAC; and is noted to be ‘often unrecognised and/or unsupported’ (Kent-Walsh et al., 2015). In my research I sought participation from adults in Queensland who already had some knowledge and skill in AAC and I referred to these people as communication assistants. Participants supported individuals with Down syndrome, Rett syndrome or Cerebral Palsy. This enables a broad spectrum of strategies to be identified across the sensory, motor and cognitive-linguistic domains. Data was collected from a survey, written narrative analysis, and observational analysis of filmed dyadic conversations. 
In the webinar I aim to share with you some of the findings of this research. In particular, the glossary of seventy three conversation strategies and seven styles of conversation that were identified. I hope that the information will be provocative and provide some new tools and considerations for when we participate in or examine closely, conversations without speech. 

Learning Objectives: 

- To learn the 7 styles of conversation with people with CCN & associated conversation strategies identified through Janes research 
- To learn new tools & considerations for when we participate in and examine conversations without speech 
- To learn coding strategies that may be considered in interactions for people with CCN 


  1. Pre-study: the questions that lay unanswered and evoked the research.

  2. Study design: including the choice of Dynamic Systems Theory as the over arching meta theory; the application of the dance metaphor and considerations when disseminating information to potential participants.

  3. Data collection and analysis: this section will focus on phase two where new notations and

    coding were used in the transcription process.

  4. The findings: systems, strategies and styles that may impact on how we design and deliver

    communication partner training.

  5. Your questions. 

10. What’s in a Voice? An overview of message banking and voice banking

Tue, Dec 11, 2018 7:00 PM AEST (8:00pm VIC/NSW/ACT/TAS, 7:00pm QLD, 7:30pm SA, 6:30pm NT, 5:00pm WA)
Presented by Peta Booth, Speech Pathologist from LifeTec Australia 

Our voices are intrinsically linked to our identity. Many individuals are born without the ability to harness their voice, whilst others may lose their voice due to numerous reasons, including degenerative conditions (e.g. MND), or as the result of surgery (e.g. Laryngectomy). Message banking is an increasingly known strategy to support people to record ‘legacy messages’ which can be integrated into their speech generating devices. Voice Banking is an ever emerging technology that enables people to create bespoke synthetic voices which closely represent an individual’s vocal characteristics. 

The aim of this webinar is to explore message banking and voice banking, and discuss: what are these processes? Who is it for? How do you do it? What else should I consider, and be aware of, prior to embarking on the journey of banking a voice. 

Learning Objectives: 
Participants will - 
• develop an understanding about message banking and voice banking 
• be aware of the typical processes involved in message and voice banking (including the variety of voice banking services) 
• be aware of other considerations when considering message banking and/or voice banking 
• know where to go to seek more information about message banking and voice banking 
• know where to seek support for these processes 

11. Understanding Parent Rejection and Abandonment of AAC Systems

Presented by Alison Moorcroft

Thursday, March 14, 2019  7:00 PM for a 7:15pm start AEST  (8:00pm VIC/NSW/ACT/TAS; 7:00pm QLD; 7:30pm SA; 6:30pm NT; 5:00pm WA)


In this one hour webinar, participants will be provided with an overview of the research evidence for why AAC systems are rejected or abandoned by parents of children with complex communication needs. Participants will also learn evidence-based strategies that, when incorporated into clinical practice, may support parents to accept and use the AAC systems they introduce. 

About the presenter:

Alison is a speech pathologist with experience introducing AAC systems to children and adults with complex communication needs across the public and private sectors. In 2016, she commenced her PhD at The University of Queensland aiming to understand why some parents reject or abandon the AAC systems introduced to their children. 

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