Director, Anne McDonald Centre (formerly the DEAL Communication Centre)
Services: Communication assessments, FC training, AAC equipment
Phone: 61-3-9509 6324
Fax: 03 9509 6321
Address: Anne McDonald Centre. 538 Dandenong Road, Caulfield 3162 Victoria, Australia
Rosemary Crossley has been director of DEAL Communication Centre in Melbourne since it opened in 1986. She has worked with children and adults with severe communication impairments for more than thirty years.
In the late seventies Rosemary taught a group of teenagers with cerebral palsy to communicate through spelling. She later co-authored a book, Annie’s Coming Out (later made into the film of the same name), with Anne McDonald, her first student.
Since then Rosemary has written several more books, including Facilitated Communication Training and Speechless. She consults and lectures in many countries, mainly on strategies for facilitating and augmenting communication. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to people with severe communication impairment.