Scope Blog

21 Mar 2017

How do I talk to a person who uses partner assisted scanning?

Partner assisted scanning is a key way a person may use (or ‘access’) a communication board to get their message across. This blog takes you through tips and strategies to use ‘partner assisted scanning.’ This is where a person’s communication partner will read out each message on the communication board in a specific way

14 Mar 2017

How do I talk to a person who uses direct access?

Direct access is where the person has the motor ability to use their finger, fist or whole hand to choose a message to communicate on a communication board. This blog takes you through some recommended steps that you can take to interact with a person who can directly access a communication board.

7 Mar 2017

How hospitals and paramedics can improve accessibility

Viv is a writer, a published poet, and an educator. Late one night Viv became extremely sick, to the point where an ambulance needed to be called. Viv takes us through her experience of becoming separated from her method of communication and the approaches some health organisations are taking towards better communication.

1 Mar 2017

I love my visual calendar!

A visual calendar helps JD to independently plan his week, and act as a visual reminder to jog his memory as to what he plans for each day. The visual calendar is produced through Scope's Non-Electronic Communication Scheme (NECAS)

21 Feb 2017

How do I talk to a person who uses eye gaze?

This blog will take you through how people may use their eyes to communicate using a communication board, and how you can help them get their message across.

14 Feb 2017

What happened on the International Day of People with Disability?

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is celebrated far and wide across the globe by the many people who support an active and inclusive community for people with disabilities. Scope’s Manny Pimentel and Michelle Lucas give us a snapshot of events held in Winchelsea and Bendigo.

7 Feb 2017

Communication and children with cerebral palsy podcast

Children with cerebral palsy often benefit from Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).  AAC can be used instead of speech or when speech is difficult to understand. The Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre’s Katie Lyon and Gemma Holleran feature on a free podcast titled “Alternative and Augmentative Communication in children with cerebral palsy” for the Centre of Research Excellence- Cerebral Palsy hosted by the Royal Children’s Hospital.

31 Jan 2017

Some very special events are coming to town

Significant events are happening in the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Community for people with little or no speech this year and next. These  include the AGOSCI Conference in Melbourne ( May 2017) and ISAAC held at the Gold Coast (July 2018).

24 Jan 2017

Flushing out the facts on continence

Continence nurse advisor Stephen Marburg shares his insight into the common problem of continence which one in four Australian adults are affected by. Scope’s Accessible Information has recently worked with the Continence Foundation of Australia to develop Easy English fact sheets covering a range of areas such as healthy bladder & bowel habits and control.

17 Jan 2017

Making the iPad easier to use for everyone

An iPad or iPhone has the ability to aid a person who has difficulties speaking, pointing, seeing, hearing or learning. Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre recently held a workshop to demonstrate how Apple’s accessibility settings can be used for people who have complex communication needs.