Prof. Martine Smith
Trinity College Dublin
“Innovations in Supporting Communication: Opportunities and Challenges for People with Complex Communication Needs”
Martine Smith, PhD is an Associate Professor of Speech Language Pathology at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland. She started her career as a speech language therapist working with children and adults with severe physical impairments, at a stage when AAC was emerging as a field of practice in the 1980s. Since then, she has been closely involved in the development of AAC as a field of practice and research, serving on the Executive Committee of the International Society for AAC (ISAAC) from 2000-2006 and as President of ISAAC from 2004-2006. She was co-chair of the Biennial Conference of ISAAC in 1998 in Dublin and is currently Editor of the AAC journal. Her research has focused on language and literacy development in children and adults who use aided communication and on the perspectives of adults who use AAC on the role of aided communication in interactions. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, authored Literacy and Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and co-edited the text The Silent Partner? Language, Interaction and Aided Communication.