Communication Matters

UK branch of ISAAC


Communication Matters is the UK branch of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) which focuses on the needs of people with complex communication needs who may benefit from AAC systems to maximise their opportunities and enhance their life. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems includes eye pointing, gesture, signing, using symbol/word boards, and electronic speech devices. Worldwide, there are 11 national chapters of ISAAC, co-ordinated by a Secretariat based in Canada.

Services provided:

  • Information provision – on the Communication Matters website,, on DVD, and in leaflet format
  • Organise a three-day annual conference, one-day regional study days and roadshows / exhibitions focusing on the latest AAC systems
  • Research project ‘An AAC Evidence Base’ funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Communication support needs:

Members and service users of Communication Matters may require communication support to:

  • understand written and spoken language
  • express themselves
  • interact with others

To consult with members and service users of Communication Matters and involve them in a public engagement activity contact: Administrator; telephone 0845 456 8211


3rd Floor
University House
University of Leeds

Phone: 0113 343 1533

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