Elianita de Paula, BS, MEd

Elianita de Paula is currently the owner and lead consultant at Beyond Inclusion Therapy Services. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering but decided to change careers to better support her daughter who was diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities at the age of 2. Over the years, she has worked with children and adults with a wide range of speech and language disorders, including those with complex communication and mobility impairments. She has also provided training and consultation to colleges in Brazil and will be launching her “Beyond Inclusion” webinar series this summer.

Elianita's passion for assistive technology led her to work at EyeTech Digital Systems as an AAC specialist. There, she leveraged her knowledge in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to support the configuration and customization of eye gaze devices while training allied health professionals, teachers, caregivers, school administrators, and end-users in the US, Latin America, and Europe. In 2020, Elianita took on a new challenge as an area Manager/Director of operations at Lincare AAC and their Expression series. She was responsible for expanding their product line, developing new territories around the country, and building relationships with new partners and other leaders in the industry.

Elianita's commitment to continuous learning is reflected in her academic achievements. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Northern Arizona University, with a concentration in Allied Health. She then pursued a Master of Education (M.Ed) in Special Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, with an emphasis on Positive Behavior Support. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) from Grand Canyon University, with an emphasis on Cognition and Instruction.

In her free time, Elianita enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with her daughter, family, and friends.


Financial Disclosure: Elianita de Paula is the owner of Beyond Inclusion Therapy Services and receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this presentation.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Elianita has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.