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Professor Mark Onslow is the Foundation Director of the Australian Stuttering Research Centre at the Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney. His background is speech pathology, in which field he holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Applied Science, and a Doctorate. During the period 2004-2008 he was a Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, being the only speech pathologist to have received that distinction. In addition to his academic appointment at The University of Sydney, he is an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia, Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Retained Professor at the National Taipei College of Nursing, Taiwan. Professor Onslow leads a team that has twice been awarded multi-million dollar research grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council to develop treatments for stuttering. Professor Onslow’s research interests are the epidemiology of early stuttering in preschoolers, mental health of those who stutter, measurement of stuttering, and the nature and treatment of stuttering. The Australian Stuttering Research Centre has published the majority of the world’s speech pathology clinical trials for stuttering treatment. Recently, work has begun at the Centre to adapt successful stuttering treatments for the internet. He has taught university courses in stuttering management in three countries, and currently teaches research methods to doctoral students at the Australian Stuttering Research Centre. He is a member of the international Lidcombe Program Trainers' Consortium and is in constant demand as a speaker internationally. Professor Onslow has authored 250 publications dealing with stuttering including journal articles, books and chapters.1 Articles


Jennifer Keenan is a special educator/assistive technology specialist in Baltimore, USA where she works with children and young people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities. She has over 20 years’ experience of working in the field of SEN and is author of VICurriculum.1 Articles


Greg O’Connor has been a teacher, consultant, administrator, coach and presenter in the area of technology and students with diverse learning needs for over 30 years. Greg provides consultancy, workshops, presentations and conference keynotes across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and beyond.1 Articles


Roger Bates is a founding Director of Inclusive Technology. Prior to this he taught in a variety of school settings and in 1981 was seconded to developing assistive technology solutions, later becoming Manager of the UK’s Northern ACE Centre. In his current role as Information Director of Inclusive Technology he has been involved in hardware and software development as well as developing the companies information and training services.1 Articles


John Redhead is a web developer and Director of The Publishing Foundry Ltd, the company responsible for developing and supplying Educater to schools and colleges.1 Articles


Dreams Come True is a UK children's charity. Our mission is quite simply to enrich the lives of children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions across the country by making their dreams come true. Over the last 25 years we have fulfilled dreams for more than 5,000 children and young people as well as their friends, family and carers.1 Articles


Anna Reeves has been manager of ACE Centre since 1997. Since starting her career as a classroom teacher, Anna has contributed to the AAC recommendations within the Bercow Review of Services for Children and Young People with SLCN and contributed to the establishment and development of NHS regional AAC funding of communication aid equipment and assessment model for adults in the North West of England. Between 2009 and 2013, Anna was also employed in a part-time capacity as Department for Education funded National AAC Coordinator, supporting Jean Gross CBE to develop a new model of national AAC commissioning for the Government. Anna has since secured the NHS England contract for ACE Centre to deliver Specialised AAC services across the North West and Wessex and Thames Valley specialised commissioning regions.1 Articles


Brian Whitmer is a software developer and usability exper t from Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the father of four children, the oldest of whom has Rett Syndrome. After founding and establishing the educational technology company Instructure (Canvas) he has worked to improve assistive technology for struggling communicators like his daughter.1 Articles


Marco Iannacone is a moonlighter and hacker with 20 years of international experience related to the Internet, TLC and application development. He now focuses on supporting children with SLD/SEN through his startup, Digitally Different Srl, which he founded to develop smart solutions.1 Articles


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