National AAC Documents

The following links provide guidance on the standards, pathways, service specifications and referral criteria that should be adhered to by AAC service providers.

The relevant reports outline the standards that providers are expected to deliver currently, and those which they should aim to deliver in the future. A set of minimum standards are also provided, against which the services being purchased by those commissioning AAC services can be measured. The documents also provide clinicians with advice on what AAC users, their families and support workers should be able to expect from current services.

AAC Service Standards (August 2012) can be found at www.communicationmatters.org.uk (PDF)

New service specification for AAC can be found at www.england.nhs.uk (PDF)

Guidance for commissioning AAC services and equipment can be found at www.england.nhs.uk (PDF)

Specialised AAC Provision - Commissioning National Services: Final Report (November 2011) can be found at www.communicationmatters.org.uk (PDF)

Decision Chartecision chart: Guidance on referral criteria for specialised AAC services can be found at www.acecentre.org.uk (PDF).

Referral Criteria for specialised AAC services can be found at www.acecentre.org.uk (PDF).

Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) guidelines and pathways can be found at www.mndassociation.org/forprofessionals/aac-for-mnd/

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