Communication Aid Services Open Days

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

To celebrate ‘Hello- the national year of communication’, North Bristol NHS Trust has organised events in early May for local people to find out more about its communication aid services.

The Trust operates two communication aid services – one at Frenchay for adults and children and the Paediatric Communication Aids Service (PCAS) based at Claremont School in Henleaze, specifically for children.

The services support adults and children with varying degrees of communication difficulties caused primarily by disability, learning difficulties or neurological problems, and work with them to develop systems which can enhance or replace speech.

These could be low level systems such as books or charts right up to the latest technology such as ‘eye-gaze’ computers that can track eye movements to spell out words and then speak them.

On Thursday, May 5 from 9.30am-4.30pm the PCAS team will be opening its doors to members of the public for an open day at Claremont School in Henleaze Park, Henleaze.

The service has strong links with the Drake Music Project which has been working with children at the school to develop musical arrangements using the children’s voice-output communication aids.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to try out some of the systems, including ‘eye-gaze’ and take part in a quiz.

For more information about the PCAS open day please contact Sally Chan on 0117 353 3613 or email

The Communication Aid Centre at Frenchay Hospital will be holding an open day on Friday, May 6 from 10.30am-12noon where visitors can take a look around the centre – which incidentally celebrates its 30th anniversary this year – and find out more about what they do.

For more information about the open day at Frenchay, contact the centre on 0117 340 3946.

Hello is the national year of communication in 2011. Its aim is to increase understanding and raise awareness of how important it is for children and young people to develop good communication skills.