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Andy Smidt

BSci(Hons)(USyd), PhD(USyd)

Associate Professor

Faculty of Health

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Gold Coast
Andy Smidt


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Andy qualified as a speech pathologist in the UK in 1988 and has worked as a clinician in the UK, South Africa and Australia. Her area of clinical interest is adults with severe intellectual disability.


Andy's research interests include

  • Training staff who work with individuals in severe intellectual disability and challenging behaviour
  • Training communication partners to use AAC and Key Word Sign
  • Functional Assessment of people with severe disabilities
  • Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

Community Engagement

Andy has a long history of community engagement. Her recent involvement includes


Andy is a passionate teacher with a focus on embedding Universal Design for Learning into her teaching and supporting all students to be able to access higher education. In 2022, Andy was awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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