Susan Buell is based in the School of Health Sciences in The University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. Her research interests are focused on increasing and developing the participation of adults with intellectual disabilities and their families in society. She has wide experience of teaching and training in the theory and practice of promoting inclusive communication with people with developmental disabilities. Most recently she has investigated the value of ‘easy read’ health literature for adults with intellectual disabilities in constructing a meaningful understanding of health issues. She combines a wide ranging clinical knowledge with skills developed through working as a Speech and Language Therapist for 7 years in Latin America, mostly with Bolivian NGOs in the area of physical and intellectual disability, and prior to that, in paediatric and adult posts in the NHS and education in Scotland. She continues to pursue her interests and links with Latin America, particularly through examining the life experiences of people with communication disabilities and the ways in which these combine with processes and politics to influence their opportunities to participate. She has published work on the impact of language and communication disabilities in the international arena and in the UK. Susan is active in local advocacy groups of people with intellectual disabilities both in Norfolk and in Bolivia, and currently serves as the Reviews Editor for Disability and the Global South.
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