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  • Reflections on Collaboration

    Posted on April 05, 2018

    Increasingly universities requires researchers to embark on collaborative research with local and international researchers. As the principal investigators on a National Research Foundation (NRF) and Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) Science...

  • Dr Ulrika Ferm from Sweden visits the CAAC

    Posted on February 15, 2018

    The word “communication” is derived from the Latin “communicare” which means “to share” and that is exactly what Dr Ferm did in five days : presenting five expert lectures, meeting 100 students, visiting two schools for children with disability and discussing...

  • Kolkata - A city of contrasts

    Posted on December 05, 2017

    Kolkata is the second largest city in India situated in West Bengal. Kolkata for most visitors conjures up images of human suffering and poverty. This is a partial picture of this vibrant city. It is a city of contrasts, not unlike South Africa, noble and squalid; historic and futuristic...

  • WATCH: Online learning contributes to student success

    Posted on October 20, 2017

    For two decades the University of Pretoria (UP) has offered a blended approach to teaching and learning. This model has secured a place for UP as a leader on the African continent in the use of a blended learning model.

  • Dr Schlebusch receives prestigious Autism Research Award

    Posted on October 17, 2017

    Dr Liezl Schlebusch was recently chosen as a recipient of an Emerging Researcher Award from the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) and Autism Speaks.

  • Young adults with severe disabilities make connections on campus

    Posted on October 13, 2017

    Relationships – human connection – makes the world go round. For people with severe communication difficulties, making these connections is not always easy. Discrimination, stigma, and false perceptions by society often make it difficult for them to be seen, to be heard, and to have a...

  • Lesotho Collaboration - the Kingdom in the Sky

    Posted on June 20, 2017

    Lesotho might be a tiny landlocked country, nestled between the Drakensberg and Maloti mountain ranges but it is a country with a big heart. It is entirely surrounded by South Africa, and from 25 to 27 May 2017 four South Africans from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication...

  • CAAC awards Neville Cohen Award to Prof Erna Alant

    Posted on May 31, 2017

    Prof Erna Alant, founder of the Centre of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) at the University of Pretoria, received the Neville Cohen Award on 24 May 2017.

  • DisOlympics on campus: Transforming how we walk and talk

    Posted on May 18, 2017

    The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, in collaboration with the Transformation Committee of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria (UP), hosted an event titled, 'DisOlympics on campus: Transforming...

  • Kenyan collaboration - a river of possibility

    Posted on March 28, 2017

    Prof Juan Bornman, from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at UP was recently invited to deliver a keynote address at the 6th East African International Conference on Communication Disability at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Prof Bornman publishes 2nd edition of 'Believe that all can achieve'

    Posted on March 03, 2017

    Prof Juan Bornman from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria and Jill Rose recently published the second edition of Believe that all can achieve - Increasing classroom participation in learners with special support needs.

  • CAAC wins global innovative education award

    Posted on December 09, 2016

    The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC)at the University of Pretoria won the Regional Gold Award for Africa at the 2016 Reimagine Education Conference and Awards Ceremony held in Philadelphia, USA on Monday, 5 December 2016.

  • Prof. Alants' new book is a meaningful contribution to the field of AAC

    Posted on December 02, 2016

    Prof Erna Alants’ book entitled: AAC Engagement and participation, published by Plural Publishing, is a meaningful contribution to the field of AAC

  • CAAC launches the book 'Write to Life'

    Posted on October 07, 2016

    On Friday, 23 September, the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) launched a book of poetry, text and images entitled Write to life.

  • Daring to dream - CAAC hosts annual Fofa Communication Empowerment Programme

    Posted on October 10, 2016

    Young adults with severe communication disabilities aged between 19 and 35 years recently attended a yearly training week at the University of Pretoria.

  • CAAC donates adapted books in honour of Mandela Day

    Posted on September 27, 2016

    On 14 September 2016 the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and their Masters in Early Childhood Intervention students donated specially adapted books to Chrysalis Preschool in Pretoria in honour of Mandela Day.

  • Dr Samuels awarded HELTASA TAU Fellowship

    Posted on September 27, 2016

    Dr Alecia Samuels, from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) at the University of Pretoria (UP), was recently awarded the HELTASA TAU Fellowship for 2015-2016.

  • CAAC presents research at ISAAC conference

    Posted on September 09, 2016

    Staff and students from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) at the University of Pretoria attended the 17th Biennial Conference of ISAAC (the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) in Toronto, Canada, from 6 to 13 August 2016.

  • Prof Bornman awarded prestigious ISAAC Fellowship

    Posted on August 23, 2016

    Prof Juan Bornman, Director of the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria, was recently named a Fellow of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) at the 17th Biennial Conference of ISAAC in Toronto, Canada.

  • Message banking brings hope for persons with MND

    Posted on July 25, 2016

    Ms Imke Oosthuizen, a master's student at the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at UP, recently conducted a study on message banking, a relatively new early intervention strategy for persons with MND.

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