Communication Aid Assessment

BCAS - Communication Aid Assessment - Using A Communication Aid

At BCAS, we are dedicated to working with children and adults to find a Communication Aid or system that suits an individual’s needs and lifestyle.

Communication is an essential part of how we engage with the people and the community around us. Without the ability to communicate we cannot tell others how we feel or what we need.

A communication aid is vital in allowing people who cannot communicate through speech, to be heard.

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

Find out more about what happens during the assessment process.

Contact AAC West

Telephone Admin Office: 0117 4145850
Fax: 0117 4145853

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.