The I-ASC project is a three year research project which commenced in January 2016 to identify appropriate symbol communication aids for children who are non speaking: clinical decision making
Following several years of work by many people in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) 2015 brought a newly established care pathway in England for those with complex communication impairments needing electronic communication equipment. Different pathways exist in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but across the UK there are specialised regional and local assessment centres. The project team’s aim is to improve the outcomes for children who need electronic symbol communication aids by focusing on the importance of the assessment process. Why I-ASC is needed
Led by Professor Janice Murray the three partners in the project are Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Leeds and Barnsley Assistive Technology Service based at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. More information can be found here I-ASC Partners
I-ASC has been funded by the National Institute Health Research’s Health Services and Delivery Research Programme. Full details can be found here: NIHR Funders
The I-ASC Team includes a wide range of diverse researchers. Janice Murray and the MMU team have vast knowledge of the field of AAC and are qualitative research specialists. The team from the University of Leeds specialise in quantitative methods and are based in the Health Economics team. Barnsley Assistive Technology Service bring the necessary NHS perspective to the team.
Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is crucial to all NHS research. The project has 2 PPI Co-Researchers, plus has PPI representation on both the Critical Friends group and the NIHR Advisory Board.
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