Ann Smaill

Ann Smaill

Author's details

Name: Ann Smaill
Date registered: October 17, 2010

Biography

I am the General Manager of the TalkLink Trust, and also a speech-language therapist. I have been working with people who have complex communication needs for many years.

Latest posts

  1. KiwiChat Group meets Minister Nicky Wagner — August 19, 2015
  2. Lusi’s Story — February 10, 2015
  3. NovaChat – new communication path opens up — January 14, 2015
  4. TalkLink Trust Annual Report 2013 – 2014 — January 13, 2015
  5. Annual General Meeting — December 9, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. KiwiChat Camp — 4 comments
  2. Christchurch Earthquake — 2 comments
  3. New Developments with NZ Relay — 1 comment

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KiwiChat Group meets Minister Nicky Wagner

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TalkLink recently invited the Disabilities Issues Minister, Nicky Wagner and our Christchurch based TalkLink Trust Board member Sir Gil Simpson along to a KiwiChat Group meeting in Christchurch. University of Canterbury speech-language therapy (SLT) students ran the session which had a “Space” theme. We used stories from Tar Heel Readers http://tarheelreader.org/, watched space videos (we …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/08/19/kiwichat-group-meets-minister-nicky-wagner/

Lusi’s Story

I have had the pleasure of knowing Lusi for many years now. She was one of our founding TalkLink clients and when she showed us her latest Touch Compass production we knew it was important for us to share her inspiring story. You can view Lusi’s video here

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/02/10/lusis-story/

NovaChat – new communication path opens up

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It is very inspiring when families share their journey, explaining how augmentative communication tools and strategies have helped. When Rebekah one of the TalkLink Speech-Language Therapists asked the Bousfield family to share their story, they were very happy to do so explaining that in writing and sharing their story, “we would also like to reach out to other parents who

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/01/14/novachat-new-communication-path-opens-up/

TalkLink Trust Annual Report 2013 – 2014

The TalkLink Trust Annual Report was presented at our AGM held on December 3rd 2014, which was the same day as the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology was the 2014 theme of the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Annual Report is available here and in keeping with

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2015/01/13/talklink-annual-report-2013-2014/

Annual General Meeting

The 2013 Annual General Meeting was held on December 4th at the TalkLink officies in Auckland. It was a great turn out, with Barrie and Anitia from our South Island office sharing some of the achievements in the South Island over the past year. It was great to see positive feedback about our assessment process …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2013/12/09/annual-general-meeting/

Pioneer for Disability and Computers

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Adrian McPherson one of the newer occupational therapists to join TalkLink,  interviewed TalkLink’s first occupational therapist, Jim Palmer about his long association with assistive technology: Few people in the world will know more about using technology to help people with disabilities to communicate than Jim Palmer. In 1968, Jim left a steady career in electronics …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2013/11/28/pioneer-for-disability-and-computers/

New Developments with NZ Relay

This press release is very exciting http://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/communications-upgrade-hearing-and-speech-impaired-communities It means that a video assisted speech-to-speech relay service will be available from around October 2011. People with speech difficulties will be able to use video to help the NZ Relay, relay assistant understand what they

Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2011/07/28/new-developments-with-nz-relay/

KiwiChat Camp

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  [slideshow_deploy id=’2925′] The KiwiChat Camp held in May 2011 at Totora Springs near Matamata was a great success. Families, speech-language therapy (SLT) students and TalkLink staff have all commented on the many positive outcomes that intensive, focused input can produce. Here are some of the comments: From Parents:  …After this week I feel excited, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.talklink.org.nz/index.php/2011/05/30/kiwichat-camp/

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