Dr Kate Anderson



Senior Lecturer in Disability and Inclusion


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2015
Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), University of Sydney, 2009



Dr Kate Anderson is a lecturer and researcher at Deakin University, Melbourne. Kate grew up in a family of educators and is driven by her passion for inclusive and equitable learning across the lifespan. Kate initially trained as a speech pathologist, working for six years as a specialist in the areas of cerebral palsy, autism, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Her research interests focus around information access and capacity building: for instance, how people who use AAC and their families access information about assistive communication technology, and how they learn to use this technology in their home environments. She also researches online teaching and learning practices in tertiary and community education settings, and holds a fellowship with Deakin's Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE). As a lecturer Kate teaches health science students about communication, disability, diversity, and accessible design.

Kate has worked closely with ISAAC (the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) since 2013, initially as the Australian representative to the International Council, and currently as the Australian chapter president. She is the scientific co-chair and co-convenor for the 17th biennial ISAAC conference, to be held on the Gold coast in July 2018. When not at work, she loves to cook, fly, and clown about on a trapeze.

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Biography summary

Dr Anderson researches in the field of communication assistive technology, and also studies online teaching and learning practices in tertiary and community education settings. As a lecturer she teaches students about communication, disability, diversity, and accessible design.

Research interests

Aided Language Development

Assistive Technology

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Friendships and Support Networks of People with Disability

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Telepractice and Rural/remote Service Delivery

Usability Testing, Information Access and Accessible Design

Teaching interests

Communication Disability

Assistive Technology

Disability and Inclusion

Universal Design

Units taught

HDS101: Communication Disability and Diversity

HDS106: Disability, Diversity, and Social Inclusion

Knowledge areas

Assistive Technology

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Communication Disability and Diversity

Disability and Inclusion



Scientific Chair and Conference Co-Chair: 17th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC): Gold Coast, 2018.

Co-Convenor: Day-long forum on the Implications of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on Inclusive Schooling: Deakin University, Tuesday 2nd February, 2016.

Research groups

Academic Fellow - Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE): http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/teaching-and-learning/cradle



  • School of Health and Social Development Excellence in Teaching Award (2016)
  • Deakin University Unit Welcome Video Competition: Commendation (2016)


  • Best Doctoral Candidate paper at the ‘Communicating Together’ Speech Pathology Research Symposium; Newcastle, Australia; December 2013.
  • Invited delegate for the Pittsburgh Employment Conference for Augmented Communicators, US (2009, 2011)


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The transition to higher education: applying Universal Design for Learning to support student success

D Hitch, Petra Brown, Susie Macfarlane, Janet Watson, Mary Dracup, Kate Anderson

(2019), pp. 84-100, Transforming higher education through universal design for learning: an international perspective, Abingdon, Eng., B1


"It's got to be more than that". Parents and speech-language pathologists discuss training content for families with a new speech generating device.

K Anderson, S Balandin, R Stancliffe

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 375-384, Disability and rehabilitation: assistive technology, London, Eng, C1


Googling AAC: Exploring the relevance, scope, and credibility of online information about augmentative and alternative communication

K Anderson, P Andres

(2016), Vol. 18, pp. 67-74, Journal of clinical practice in speech-language pathology, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Syntax and morphology in aided language development

S Clendon, K Anderson

(2016), pp. 119-140, The silent partner? Language, interaction and aided communication, Guilford, Eng., B1


Alternative service delivery models for families with a new speech generating device: perspectives of parents and therapists

K Anderson, S Balandin, R Stancliffe

(2015), Vol. 17, pp. 185-195, International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Australian parents' experiences of speech generating device (SGD) service delivery

K Anderson, S Balandin, R Stancliffe

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 75-83, Developmental neurorehabilitation, London, England, C1-1


Mentors' experiences of using the Active Mentoring model to support older adults with intellectual disability to participate in community groups

N Wilson, C Bigby, R Stancliffe, S Balandin, D Craig, K Anderson

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 344-355, Journal of intellectual & developmental disability, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Engagement in retirement: an evaluation of the effect of Active Mentoring on engagement of older adults with intellectual disability in mainstream community groups

J Chng, R Stancliffe, N Wilson, K Anderson

(2013), Vol. 57, pp. 1130-1142, Journal of intellectual disability research, Chichester, Eng., C1-1


He cares about me and I care about him : children's experiences of friendship with peers who use AAC

K Anderson, S Balandin, S Clendon

(2011), Vol. 27, pp. 77-90, Augmentative and alternative communication, London, England, C1-1


The storybook method: research feedback with young participants

K Anderson, S Balandin

(2011), Vol. 27, pp. 279-291, Augmentative and alternative communication, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

MIND Dual disability capacity building project

A/Prof Erin Wilson, Dr Robert Campain, Dr Kate Anderson

  • 2016: $36,000

Research to Action Guide on "first principles" in communication within the disability sector

Dr Kate Anderson

  • 2017: $10,909


No completed student supervisions to report