Dear North Yorkshire County Council,
I am an academic researcher, attempting to assess the provision of
augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices in
Education in the UK (devices used to aid communication, typically
for people with difficulty speaking). Could you please send me
a list of augmentative and alternative communication devices
purchased by or within your authority between 31st March 2006
and 1st April 2012? (So we are including both for children and adults, and both educational and social reasons)
We would like the information broken down by both product name (So for example Dynavox Xpress, iPod touch with TapToTalk, BigMack) and by year. Ideally you would include the price paid, but we can deduce that from the products if necessary. This is a follow up study - the first one consisted of several hundred freedom of information requests to NHS Trusts in England, Scotland, and Wales to find the provision of AAC. Our consolidated data is in the following format (This is comma separated, we can happily send excel documents and other examples):
Date Purchased, Supplier, Model, Number, Unit Cost, Total Cost
23/04/2007, Platon Medical Ltd, TRUTONE ELECTROLARYNX COMPLETE KIT, 1, £395.00 , £395.00
17/05/2007, Speechmark Publishin Ltd, FRENCHAY E-TRAN FRAME & A4 INSTRUCTION CARD IN WALLET, 1, £85.00 , £85.00
14/12/2007, Techcess Limited, TELLUS SMART (INC MIND EXPRESS REALSPEAK & PCS SYMBOLS, 1, " £1, 795.00 ", " £1, 795.00 "
24/01/2008, Inclusive Technology Ltd, GO TALK 9+, 1, £99.00 , £99.00
14/02/2008, Kapitex Healthcare Ltd, SERVOX DIGITAL COMMUNICATION AID, 1, £490.00 , £490.00
14/02/2008, Kapitex Healthcare Ltd, PRODUCTS UP TO 25, 6, £18.50 , £111.00
15/02/2008, Dynavox Systems Ltd, DYNAVOX V 512MB WITH CARRY CASE WIFI USB BLUETOOTH, 1, " £5, 000.00 ", " £5, 000.00 "
15/04/2008, WINSLOW, SWALLOW REMINDER BROACH, 1, £57.95 , £57.95
25/07/2008, Kapitex Healthcare Ltd, SERVOX DIGITAL COMMUNICATION AID, 1, £535.00 , £535.00
29/08/2008, SMARTBOX, THE GRID 2 SOFTWARE, 1, £360.00 , £360.00
29/08/2008, QUALITY ENABLING DEVICES, PING PONG SWITCH, 1, £195.00 , £195.00
29/08/2008, SMARTBOX, PRODUCTS BETWEEN 25 - 100, 1, £49.00 , £49.00
and this format would be ideal - although we are very happy to reformat anything that you send over and we can supply templates if you would like.
As a supplemental question, we are separately investigating if the LEA has, or had, a policy that requires children who use electronic devices to leave the devices at school overnight and/or over weekends and/or during school holidays and/or when the child leaves school.
Dr Joseph Reddington
Dear Dr Reddington
Thank you for your request for information, of which we acknowledge receipt.
Your request has been passed to the appropriate officer to provide a response as soon as possible, and in any event within 20 working days, as required by the relevant legislation.
Paul Atkinson, for
Data Management Officer
North Yorkshire County Council
01609 533219 [email address]
Dear Dr Reddington,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request regarding AAC devices. Please find below our response.
Health and Adult services would not provide any augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. Adults requiring AAC devices would receive these from Health, via the PCT speech and language services.
Children's services - please see the attached. We are unable to provide the type of AAC device for 2006/2007 as we do not have the specific detail for this period.
There is no reference in central LEA policies as to whether children who use electronic devices should leave the devices at school overnight and/or over weekends and/or during school holidays and/or when the child leaves school. Such policies would be left to the individual school leadership teams. It is important to understand that most recipients of such devices are in Special Schools and it is the Special Schools that handle the day to day management of the equipment. If you wish you should redirect your request to schools, and their contact details may be viewed using the link below.
Miriam Townsend, for
Data Management Officer
North Yorkshire County Council
[North Yorkshire County Council request email]
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Dear Data Management Officer,
Wonderful - thank you very much!
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