With a curricular background in Rehabilitation Engineering in Portugal, I had my first professional experience with the disabilities world during my university internship in a Hospital. I was part of the multidisciplinary team in a specialised service for children with complex needs. Following this internship, I had a key role in managing a local assistive technology loan service, mainly dedicated to posture and mobility for all age groups.
The opportunity to dive into this professional adventure in the UK and work with communication aids arose, and I joined this magnificent team at the Ace Centre in 2017. Being involved with AAC means putting all sorts of technology together, involving some of my main areas of interest, such as biosignals and 3D printing, to achieve communication freedom for the people we support. At Ace Centre, my contribution within the team includes adding an engineering input for access methods, mounting AAC, as well as developing and idealising bespoke solutions to best suit people’s needs.