Coordinator of the Resource Centre for Digital Inclusion, Professor at the Higher School of Education and Social Sciences of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
PhD in Education Sciences. Since 2006, she has been coordinating the Resource Centre for Digital Inclusion (CRID), at IPLeiria. Career professor at the School of Education and Social Sciences of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. Integrated Researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Social Sciences of the Nova University of Lisbon. Member of the Board at the Portuguese Society of Rehabilitation and Accessibility Engineering (SUPERA). Expert for the commission awarding the Inclusive Employer Brand 2021. Guest lecturer at the Cultural Diversity and Social Inclusion Programme - Feevale University, and at the University of Cape Verde (UNICV) in the context of the Master's Degree in Special Education. Over the last two decades, she has been developing projects in the areas of Assistive Technology, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Augmentative Communication. She has been working as an international consultant in the areas of accessibility and inclusion with different entities, with emphasis on consultancy work for the implementation of inclusive education legislation with the Government of Cape Verde. She authors and co-author several national and international publications in the areas of Assistive Technology, Augmentative Communication, Inclusive Education, and Cultural Accessibility. In 2007, she was awarded the Afonso Lopes Vieira Trophy, in the Communication Category by Semanário Região de Leiria, and in 2015 the High Potential Initiative Prize in Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, with the Projects: Shared Inclusive Reading Project (PLIP) and A Thousand Toys, A Thousand Smiles, by Mapa de Inovação e Empreendedorismo Social, in 2017, the EKUIzador do Ano award by Associação LEQUE, and in 2018 the Acesso Cultura 2018 award with the multiformat book 'A rainha das rosas' (The Queen of Roses). In 2018, she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador by Associação Colmeia for her work on inclusion and accessibility in Cape Verde. In 2017, she received a letter of acknowledgement from His Holiness, Pope Francis, for her work in the commemorations of the Centenary of the Apparitions of Fatima. In 2021, she was distinguished by the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Centre- Women in Culture and the Protection of the Intangible Heritage of Central Portugal - for her work in the field of cultural accessibility.