AAC WEST - Assessment

BCAS - Communication Aid Assessment - Using A Communication Aid

At AAC WEST, we are dedicated to working with children and adults to find a communication aid or other AAC that suits an individual’s needs and lifestyle.

The people who use our service all have little or no speech and may also have a physical or cognitive impairment which makes accessing devices more complex. We may see people with:

  • Progressive neurological diseases
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Head injury
  • Stroke
  • Learning difficulties
  • Autism
  • Developmental disorders
  • Neurological disorders
BCAS - Communication Aid Assessment - Tablets As Communication Aids

In order to find the most appropriate aid/system assessments will look at the following areas:

  • Hardware – type of device
  • Software – the type of program
  • Access - switch, eye-gaze etc.
  • Positioning/mounting
  • Vocabularies – symbol vs text and bespoke vs premade
  • Low tech systems

Contact AAC West

Telephone Admin Office: 0117 4145850
Email: aacwestadmin@nbt.nhs.uk

Bristol Centre for Enablement
Highwood Pavilions
Jupiter Road
BS34 5BW
If you are using Google Maps to find us, please use the postcode BS34 5SP.



Over the past 9 months I have had [a communication aid] it has really helped to communicate even with strangers i.e. on holiday or playing bowls, if I type in the key word they do understand as to what I am saying. It is small enough to carry with me at all times & I do adjust the volume to suit the occasion. I can even email my family and friends and it helps me keep in contact.