Disability and Community Inclusion Unit
"Communication is the essence of life," (ASHA, 1991, p.9). Pammi is a speech pathologist with over 30 years of research, clinical and/or teaching experience in working with children and adults with disabilities, especially those with complex communication needs using augmentative and alternative communication. She was the Manager of Research at Novita Children's Services, Adelaide, for over 12 years setting up a vibrant multi-disciplinary research program, before joining Flinders in 2011. Pammi's current research interest focuses on facilitating the participation of individuals with disabilities using inclusive technologies. Pammi has international experience having worked and/or studied in India, Singapore, USA and Sweden.
Ph.D. Speech-Language Pathology, Purdue University, USA
M.sc. Speech & Hearing Sciences, All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore University, India
B.sc., Speech Pathology & Audiology, All India Insitute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore University, India
2013-2016, Wood, D., Lindsay, N., Shute, S., & Raghavendra, P. DEEWR-NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Services Program - Digital Enterprise:Pathways to Education and Employment for young people with disabilities program: $2,974,267.
2013-2016, Raghavendra, P., Ellison, C., Bellon., Rillotta, F., & Crocker, R. Evaluation of National Disability Insurance Scheme. The five faculty from DCIU are part of the NILS led consortium and will play a significant part in the evaluation. The unit will build capacity with internal and external stakeholders regarding best approaches/strategies to work with individuals with disabilities and their families. Part of $5,000,000 tender.
2013-2014, Raghavendra, P. (CI), Wood, D., Newman, L. Social networks of children and young people with disabilities in rural and regional areas: Can mobile and computer based technologies facilitate their social participation? National Disability & Research Development Grant, $204,671; Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, SA Government $30,000.
2013, Raghavendra, P. (CI), Wood, D., Iacono, T. Communication abilities and social networks of adults with disabilities: Can iPads facilitate their communicative and social participation using the train-the-trainer model? Flinders Medical Centre Foundation Seeding Grant, $15,000, Deanery, $5000
2013 Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell Award, Second Best Paper, "They think I'm really cool and nice," The impact of Interent support on the social networks and lonliness of young people with disabilities, Telecommunication Journal of Australia, 62(2), 29.1-29.11
2012, Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association (ARATA) Soft Technology Award, Second Place, for conference Presentation, "Internet for social inclusion of children with disabilities."
2012, Telstra-TJA Christopher Newell Award, Second Best Paper, Sellwood, D., Wood, D. & Raghavendra, P. "Perspectives on the Telecommunications access methods of people with complex communication needs. Telecommunication Journal of Australia, 62(2), 29.1-29.11.
Honours Co-ordinator, Disability & Community Inclusion
: Social media & Online social networking
; AAC & Sexuality
: Technology & Autism
; Employement & Disability
; Adults with ALS and social media
; Machado-Joseph Disease and AAC
|Phone:||+61 8 82013426|
|Location:||Sturt South Wing (S277)|
|Postal address:||GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia|