Books Beyond Words
Beyond Words is a provider of books, services and training for people who find pictures easier to
understand than words. Whether supporting somebody with a learning disability or communication difficulty, their products and services empower through pictures.
For someone who struggles with words, there are a lot of barriers to getting the right health or social care support. Even when a person with a problem reaches someone who can help, like a doctor, a social worker or a therapist, there can be communication problems and anxieties on both sides.
By telling the whole story in pictures, each Books Beyond Words narrative gives people the chance to work together and explore different types of situations:
- everyday opportunities and experiences
- things that are about to happen, like going to hospital or appearing in court
- life decisions, like having a relationship or agreeing to
- things that have already happened, like abuse or losing someone you
We value our relationship with Beyond Words and due to our experience as individuals we are currently working with the organisation as an expert advisor creating a book which is focused specifically on employment.
avail’s founder, Lisa Marie Clinton, has over 10 years of in-depth, hands on experience in the field of education and skills for individuals with developmental and learning disabilities. The idea for avail, was sparked after Lisa Marie completed her degree in Applied Social Studies from Athlone Institute of Technology. She then went on to work as an ABA Tutor in an ABA school and saw first-hand the importance of task analysis, discrete trial training, individualised supports, and visual prompts for children with Autism. Avail is an e-Learning app and webportal that promotes learning and independence for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities, maximising the learner’s personal strengths. availprovides a guide for parents or Staff to create individualised, step-by-step instructions of daily tasks using videos, picture, audio and text prompts.
We value our relationship with Avail as the e-Learning app allows us to support in the development of skills where people have difficulties in communicating their needs or understanding information which is complex.