Dr Kirsty Bastable has a keen interest in the rights of persons with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of their lives. Her work focuses on the participation of children with intellectual disabilities in low-and middle-income countries and the participation of individuals with disabilities in the research process. She is involved in work on the participation of persons with low-literacy in their health decisions and have specific interest in the use of augmentative and alternative communication to enhance participation for individuals with complex communication needs.
Dr. Adele May
Dr. Adele May is a speech-language therapist with a special interest in intervention research that focuses on functional, real-life outcomes for children and adults with disabilities. Currently, she is a post-doctoral fellow working on a project funded by the British Academy: Tackling Global Challenges 2020 scheme. The principal investigator is Dr. Susana Castro-Kemp (University of Roehampton London, United Kingdom) along with co-investigators Prof. Shakila Dada and Dr. Alecia Samuels (Centre for AAC, University of Pretoria), and Dr. Fatima Cassim (School of the Arts, University of Pretoria). This project focuses on optimising collaborations and reducing inequalities of early childhood intervention in post-Covid-19 South Africa.