Juan Bornman is the President of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) as well as professor in the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She qualified as a speech language therapist and audiologist and worked in a private practice as an audiologist in the early 1990’s. Thereafter she joined academia and for the past 30 years, she has been actively involved in the disability field as trainer, researcher and activist for one of the most vulnerable groups within the disability spectrum: those individuals with little or no speech. Her recent research has focussed on ensuring access to justice for these individuals. She has more than 90 publications: peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters and four books as well as numerous presentations locally and internationally on the topic of AAC.
She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSaF) and was awarded a fellowship by ISAAC for exemplary work as well as the Distinguished Academic Achiever Award from the University of Pretoria (2018).