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  • Doctoral students attend research seminar in Sweden

    Posted on July 08, 2016

    A group of doctoral students and a postdoctoral fellow from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) recently attended a week-long research seminar at Jönköping University in Sweden.

  • CAAC and its students attend three prestigious international conferences

    Posted on June 29, 2016

    The months of May and June were exceptionally busy for the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) as members of its staff and PhD students attended three prestigious international conferences.

  • Prof Bornman delivers keynote address at prestigious international conference

    Posted on June 24, 2016

    Prof Juan Bornman from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) was invited to deliver one of the keynote addresses at the International Conference on Cerebral Palsy and other Childhood-onset Disabilities, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 1 to 4 June 2016.

  • CAAC collaborates with Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow

    Posted on June 01, 2016

    Prof Brenda Louw, from East Tennessee State University, was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to South Africa and collaborate with Prof Juan Bornman from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria on...

  • SLP & A students enthusiastic about AAC

    Posted on May 04, 2016

    On the afternoon of 5 April 2016, 15 eager students (enrolled for their final year in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Sefako Makkgatho University) visited the Centre for AAC together with their lecturer, Prof Anna-Marie Wium, a former staff (and founding) member of the Centre.

  • The South African Academy for science and art awarded a postdoctoral bursary for the year 2016 to Dr. Alida Naudé to expand on her PhD findings in the area of Ethical Sensitivity.

    Posted on February 29, 2016

    The South African Academy for science and art awarded a postdoctoral bursary for the year 2016 to Dr. Alida Naudé to expand on her PhD findings in the area of Ethical Sensitivity. She will complete her studies under the care of Prof. Juan Bornman. The outcome of this bursary is two accredited...

  • Promotion

    Posted on January 27, 2016

    The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) at the University of Pretoria (UP) would like to congratulate Dr Shakila Dada on her recent promotion to Associate Professor. Her research and publications concern augmentative and alternative communication interventions with a...

  • Blissymbolics – international recognition for graduate from Centre for AAC

    Posted on December 04, 2015

    Mrs Louisa Alberts, a former BA Hons (AAC) graduate from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) and a teacher from Platorand School in Belfast, Mpumalanga started to teach Blissymbolics to learners in her class who struggled to read and write.

  • Augmentative and alternative communication: Empowering people with disabilities

    Posted on November 30, 2015

    The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at UP plays an important role in addressing communication difficulties encountered by individuals with physical challenges or persons with disabilities.

  • Dr Kerstin Tönsing obtains Y2-rating from the NRF

    Posted on November 24, 2015

    The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) at the University of Pretoria (UP) is proud to announce that Dr Kerstin Tönsing recently obtained a Y2-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF).

  • Momentum gives a voice to those who cannot speak

    Posted on November 12, 2015

    The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC), in conjunction with the Department of English (at UP) and the Department of Visual Communication (Photography) at Tshwane University of Technology, recently hosted an extraordinary event called ‘Words and beyond’

  • Introducing AAC in the classroom

    Posted on October 29, 2015

    From 28 September to 2 October 2015, the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) conducted training in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) at Badplaas, Mpumalanga, for 30 teachers and five departmental officials from full-service schools of the Mpumalanga...

  • Young adults with disabilities showcase their creative abilities

    Posted on September 18, 2015

    During the week of 7-11 September 2015, the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) at the University of Pretoria successfully hosted their annual FOFA event.

  • Humanities Day 2015

    Posted on September 14, 2015

    Four postgraduate students from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) were chosen to present their research at the Humanities Day Postgraduate Student Conference at the University of Pretoria on the 3rd September 2015.

  • Helping people with disabilities to spread their wings

    Posted on September 10, 2015

    UP's FOFA Project is the first of its kind in Africa and aims to help people with little or no functional speech to spread their wings and develop to their full potential.

  • Spring Graduation

    Posted on September 08, 2015

    The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication is extremely proud of our three PhD Graduates who graduated at the University of Pretoria's Spring Graduation on the 2nd September 2015.

  • Fofa (Spread your wings) 2015 ‘Words and beyond’

    Posted on September 02, 2015

    I am. Even though I cannot speak, I am here, I am present, I have a unique personality. I am a person. But I cannot speak. I cannot share myself with you. And so I become invisible...

  • Exploring the early origins of language

    Posted on September 01, 2015

    Prof Juan Bornman, Director of the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) at UP, is currently on sabbatical and has delved into the origins of language as part of her studies.

  • Prof Rajinder Koul visits the CAAC

    Posted on August 24, 2015

    The Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) was honoured to have Prof Rajinder Koul visit for five weeks.

  • Dr Ensa Johnson receives prestigious award

    Posted on August 19, 2015

    Dr Ensa Johnson, from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria, received the Margaret McNamara Education Award for women who make a difference in the lives of other women and children.

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