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Professor Juan Bornman


is an associate professor in the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Pretoria (UP). Her research focus is augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and severe disability. A functional approach towards disability and communication rehabilitation within a positivist, asset-based framework, particularly in the developing country context, is the focal point of her research endeavours.  Her research on the involvement of health care workers as part of the beginning communication rehabilitation team has been adopted as an effective model by different developing countries. Her publications include books, various chapters in books, more than 25 accredited papers (ISI or DoHE) and one edited journal special edition.  She is the South African representative on the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Board, as well as an Executive Board member of the South African Association for Learners with Educational Difficulties (SAALED). She also acts as the AAC consultant for a number of local and international organizations. Her work has received several awards, earning her national and international recognition.


Tel: +27 12 420 2980

Fax: +27 86 719 266





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