Prof Erna Alant, founder of the Centre of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) at the University of Pretoria, received the Neville Cohen Award on 24 May 2017. Prof Alant received this award for her outstanding contribution in the field of augmentative and alternative communication and severe disability. Her acceptance lecture was titled 'Meaning-making in interpersonal interactions: Moving beyond exchanging messages in interaction'. More than 60 of her former students and colleagues attended the prize acceptance lecture.
Prof Alant is currently Professor and Otting Chair in Special Education at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, and additionally an extraordinary professor in the CAAC, University of Pretoria
It was an honour for the CAAC to award Prof Alant this prestigious award she so rightly deserves.
The delegates who attended Prof Alant's prize acceptance lecture