Shannon is a US Navy veteran, a speech language pathologist, and an assistive technology specialist. Following her service in the Navy, Shannon obtained her Bachelors of Science degree followed by her Masters degree, both in Communication Disorders, from the University of Houston. She is Certified in Clinical Competence by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She has worked in rehabilitation, public schools, private practice, and as an education service center specialist. She has over 20 years’ experience in supporting assistive technology with an emphasis in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She has worked with individuals across all ages and believes communication is one of the most important components needed to promote individual autonomy. She has a passion for problem solving to ensure equitable access for individuals in all settings. She is currently the Education Project Manager of the Texas Technology Access Program at the Texas Center for Disability Studies, University of Texas with the goal of utilizing her experience in the promotion of best practices and training to support the selection, acceptance, and provision of assistive technology supporting independence and autonomy for all in every environment across the great state of Texas.