Dr Bronwyn Hemsley is a certified practicing speech pathologist with 26 years’ experience in working with people with communication disabilities in research, teaching, and policy development. She is a senior lecturer in speech pathology at the University of Newcastle and Discovery Early Career researcher, holding two NHMRC research projects. As such, her work is funded by the NHMRC and ARC and the University of Newcastle. Bronwyn’s research team aims to improve communication access for all people who have difficulty communicating by speech, in a rights-based approach as supported by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability, and the World Health Organization. Bronwyn is an editor for the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group, and an associate editor for the journal Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and on the editorial board for the Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability.