Virtual (non-CEU)

Self-Advocacy and Abuse Prevention in AAC


People with disabilities are at a higher risk of experiencing abuse such as violence, sexual, neglect, and other types of abuse, compared to those without disabilities.Among individuals with disabilities, those with complex communication needs are especially at risk due to difficulties in using speech effectively where they encounter significant obstacles when trying to report crimes.

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) empowers individuals with communication disabilities to exercise their autonomy, make decisions, and share information. In this session, various communication methods and strategies will be discussed, with an emphasis on graphic symbol-based systems. Non-literate individuals with physical disabilities face additional hurdles and cannot rely on written forms of communication or sign language, which are accepted in court as alternative communication methods.  


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Juan Bornman (PhD) is a Professor at Stellenbosch University, specializing in speech-language therapy and audiology. With over 120 publications, her primary research focuses on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and severe communication disabilities, emphasizing human rights and sustainable rehabilitation frameworks. Formerly, she held the Directorship of the Centre for AAC and served as President of the International Society for AAC. Recognitions include a fellowship awarded by ISAAC and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Georg Forster Research Award for internationally outstanding researchers from developing and transition countries (2021). In 2021, Juan was awarded the Stals Prize for interdisciplinary research by the South African Academy for Sciences and Art. 


Idalie Fernandez, Sales Manager of ECEMEA, at Tobii Dynavox.

Virtual (non-CEU)

Idalie Fernandez

Free of charge

14:00 - 15:00 CET




Self-Advocacy and Abuse Prevention in AAC

, 18, 2024 14:00 - 15:00 CET

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