Joey Harrall is 19 years old and he has cerebral palsy because of that he can’t walk or speak but he doesn’t think that he is unlucky with having a disability. He lives with his lovely brother, beautiful sister in law and five bright and funny nephews in Western Australia. He presented for the first time at ISAAC in 2018 and he started to help the Variety Motor Mouth camp by giving speeches and mentoring the parents and the kids. He has a dream to own his own mentoring business someday because he has a dream to help people to find their voice in this fast pace world. In his downtime, he likes trying to fix computers, playing with his family and of course sleeping.
Janice Murray is Professor of Communication Disability & AAC at Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom). Finishing her PhD in 2001, she has been Head of Speech & Language Therapy and is currently the Communication Disability Research Centre lead within the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care. She is a former Chair of Communication Matters (www.communicationmatters.org.uk ), and of ISAAC Council (www.isaac-onlin.org ), and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists in 2016. Janice is a founding member of an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Assistive Technology formed in 2017.
She has worked in practice as a specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). She teaches undergraduate and post-graduate students in her professional discipline, including topics on cerebral palsy, atypical language acquisition, speech processing, and literacy. She is currently working on several research projects concerning aided language development, literacy & AAC and is Chief Investigator for a project on clinical decision making in AAC (NIHR HS&DR: Project 14/70/153: Identifying appropriate symbol communication aids for children who are non-speaking: enhancing clinical decision making).
Janice is delighted to offer a pre-conference workshop on the outcomes from the recently completed research project ‘Identifying appropriate symbol communication aids for children who are non-speaking: enhancing clinical decision making’. This workshop will offer theoretical and practical content useful for children, adults, their families, and professionals.
Janice is honored to have been invited to act as a keynote speaker at the 2019 AGOSCI conference in Perth. The keynote content will include a review of the international collaboration ‘Becoming an Aided Communicator’. This 16 country collaboration has explored aspects of language development in children who benefit from AAC.
Jaquie Mills is the parent of four sons, two with disabilities, with her eldest having complex communication needs. Jaquie has worked in a wide range of areas related to the support of people with complex communication needs and challenging behaviour. She developed the ‘Is There a Better Way?’ program which is now in its 5th year of helping families, schools and services to understand challenging behaviour and its relationship with communication rights. Jaquie managed the development of the Graduate Certificate in Complex Communication Needs at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia which is now in its fifth year. Jaquie facilitates a weekly communication and literacy group for adults with complex communication needs, and with them in 2018 developed a series of resources to support people with CCN to engage in their NDIS planning process. Jaquie is also managing director of Microboards Australia, an organisation which develops microboards – a group of committed friends, family and community who support persons with a disability to plan and achieve the life they want to have.
In 2016 Jaquie received the WA Community Citizen of the Year award for her years supporting people with disability and disadvantaged children, and in 2017 she was a finalist in 2017 West Australian of the Year awards in recognition of her work developing the microboard model and supporting people with complex communication needs and behaviours which can be challenging.