Contributors in this Issue
Teresa Haven is the Assistant Director of the Center for Students with Disabilities for the University of Arkansas, where she coordinates and consults in the areas of access technology, alternate format text services, accessible web design, and outreach. Teresa holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Arizona State University; her research interests include creating training opportunities for technology, e-Text production, and Universal Design for Learning for postsecondary disability service providers and other higher-education stakeholders. Teresa is also active on the Board of the Arkansas affiliate chapter of AHEAD.
Daniel Berkowitz is the Assistant Director of Disability Services for Boston University, where he coordinates and consults in the areas of Access Technology and Alternate Format Text services. Dann holds a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Connecticut and is working towards an Ed.D. through the Boston University School of Education. His research interests include creating technology training opportunities for postsecondary disability service providers and e-Text production best practices. Dann also coordinates the Athen Blog at http://athenpro.blogspot.com/
Ron Stewart, the founding president of ATHEN and at my day job, the Director of the Technology Access Program and the Northwest Center for Technology Access at Oregon State University. I have been involved in educational technology in one form or another for most of my career, and nine years ago was reintroduced to the field of what has become Access Technology. My reintroduction was the result of agreeing to help OSU develop a plan and program to provide access to its technological systems for persons with disabilities. Little did I know that that decision would take my career and my lifeâ€™s work down a wonderful and challenging path. Our experiences at OSU have served to inform the field in a positive way, and have been replicated in a variety of forms on other campuses. In my work over these years, and through dialog with my peers, a commonness of drive, identity and purpose have surfaced. We all seem to have a similar story, and all are highly dedicated to their work and the people they work with. Our paths into AT are as varied as we are, but a shared vision is developing. ATHEN is a logical outgrowth of this shared consciousness and the unmet need for validation of the professional contribution we each make to our various campuses and service organizations.
Mary Anne Christiansen is the Assistant Director of the Disability Resource Center at the University of Nevada, Reno
Ryan Collier is an Assistive Technology SpecialistDisability Resource Center at the University of Nevada, Reno