Jo is a Speech Pathologist and researcher with over 25 years experience in the disability sector as a clinician, trainer, support worker, family member and researcher. Jo has worked in Australia, China, Hong Kong and the United States within these roles.
Jo's PhD explored supported decision-making mechanisms with people with severe-profound intellectual disabilities and those who care for and about them.
Jo has a special interest in working with and supporting people with severe to profound intellectual disability and their supporters, augmentative and alternative communication, assistive technology, supported decision-making, and the application of digital technologies in her teaching and practice.
Jo's publications include book chapters and peer and non-peer reviewed academic journals and publications. Jo presents widely in the area of disability and communication disorders within Australia and internationally.
Jo has an active following on Twitter. Her Twitter handle is @jowatRead more on Joanne's profile
TedX inspired Talk
Inclusion: A universal human right?
International Society on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)
Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment (AGOSCI)
International Association on Intellectual Disability (IASSID)
Australian Society on Intellectual Disability (ASID)
Graduate Women Victoria (GWV)
- Augmentative and Alternative communication
- Severe to profound intellectual disability
- Supported decision-making
- Assistive technology
H508 - Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion
- HDS730 - Disability and inclusion: contemporary theory and lived experience
- HDS731 - Planning for inclusion across the life course
- HDS732 - Determinants of health and well-being in the lives of people with disability
- HDS733 - Community capacity building –theory and practice for inclusion
H608 - Graduate Diploma of Disability and Inclusion
- HDS734 - Inclusive technology and design
Severe and profound intellectual disability, individualised supports, supported decision-making, and augmentative communication (AAC).
Graduate Women Victoria Madeleine Capicchiano Bursary 2015
Yungaburra Foundation Award, Deakin University 2015
Finalist in Victorian Disability Awards (Lifetime achievement award) 2014
ISAAC Travel award 2014
Scholarship Victorian Department of Human Services Office of Senior Practitioner Ph.D Scholarship 2010
Victorian Department of Human Services Ethel Temby Study tour scholarship 2005
Assistive Technology Achievement Award from Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology 2001
Listening to those rarely heard: Supported decision-making for people with severe to profound intellectual disability
Video available at: https://vimeo.com/21176882
A Arstein-Kerslake, J Watson, M Browning, J Martinis, P Blanck
(2017), Vol. 37, Disability studies quartely, Columbus, Oh., C1
Supporting end of life decision making: case studies of relational closeness in supported decision making for people with severe or profound intellectual disability
J Watson, E Wilson, N Hagiliassis
(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 1022-1034, Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, Chichester, Eng., C1
(2016), Vol. 5, pp. 1-9, Laws, Basel, Switzerland, C1
H Johnson, J Watson, T Iacono, K Bloomberg, D West
(2012), Vol. 14, pp. 64-68, Journal of clinical practice in speech-language pathology, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1
(2012), pp. 38-48, Services and families working together to support adults with intellectual disability : Proceedings of the 6th Annual Roundtable on Intellectual Disability Policy, Melbourne, Victoria, E1-1
Funded Projects at Deakin
Other Public Sector Funding
Supported Decision Making - Listening to those seldom heard PhD Student Jo Watson
A/Prof Erin Wilson, Dr Joanne Watson
- 2012: $3,000
- 2011: $28,000
- 2010: $59,000
Industry and Other Funding
Social skills games are fun
Prof Susan Balandin, Prof Stefan Greuter, Dr Joanne Watson
- 2018: $50,000
Deakin University Evaluation of Five Clients Moving into New 'Smart House'.
Prof Susan Balandin, Dr Joanne Watson, Mr Pearse Fay
- 2018: $11,378
No completed student supervisions to report