CAYA News 2012

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Tech Gives Gift of Words

Here’s a story from northern BC. Stewart tells Peter James from the Prince George Citizen how his communication device has made a difference in his life. Read the article here.

CAYA Included in the 2012 BC Provincial Budget

On February 21st, 2012, CAYA was recognized in the BC Provincial Budget with budget line funding of $5.7 million ($1.9 million annually) from the Ministry of Social Development. This will enable CAYA to continue to provide communication devices and services to people with complex communication disabilities in BC for the budget funding period of 2012-2015. This recognition and the secure funding are welcome news for the many individuals across BC, who will be able to continue communicating with their families, friends, coworkers, and neighbours, and continue to participate in their communities.

Island Voices Conference

On Saturday, May 26, 2012, people who use AAC on Vancouver Island will gather for a day of sharing and discussion. This conference, which is being held in Ladysmith, will bring participants together to attend a conference geared specifically to the needs of people whose speech is not adequate to meet their daily needs. Based on a model previously experienced in Pittsburgh and Toronto, this will be the first time such a gathering will occur in BC. A Panel Presentation and Town Hall Meeting will be the focus of the day. For more information, please contact Jan at

ISAAC President from BC



Jeff Riley, Manager of CAYA, will become the next ISAAC President at the biennial conference to be held July 30 – August 2, 2012, In Pittsburgh, PA. ISAAC (the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) works to improve the lives of children and adults who use AAC. ISAAC’s vision is that AAC will be recognized, valued and used throughout the world. ISAAC’s mission is to promote the best possible communication for people with complex communication needs. For more information on this conference, please visit
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