Beata Batorowicz, is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Queen’s University in Canada. She has 25 years of clinical and research experience in the field of childhood disability, assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Her research concerns enabling and enriching participation of children and young people with disabilities, especially those who rely on AAC and has a particular focus on environment-based approaches and technology. Dr Batorowicz graduated as an occupational therapist from Western University (1995), completed MSc in Rehabilitation Science at Western (2004) and PhD at McMaster University, CanChild (2015), for which she received a prestigious Vanier Canada Scholarship with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr Batorowicz is currently a Fellow of the AMS Phoenix, Chair of the Research Committee of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and an associate editor of the AAC journal. She has over 50 publications and has been an invited lecturer and keynote speaker in many countries, including, Canada, Brazil, Poland, Russia, Croatia and UK.