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Contributors - Issue #4

ATHEN E-Journal Issue #4 (2009)

Guest Editor and Article Contributor

Terrill Thompson is technology accessibility specialist with DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) at the University of Washington (UW). He is a founding member of ATHEN, and has over 15 years experience in the IT accessibility field from multiple higher education institutions. He currently serves as Vice President -elect of ATHEN, and is founding leader of the EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group.

Article Contributors

Since 1999, Jennison Asuncion has co-directed the Adaptech Research Network (, a team that researches and publishes on the use and accessibility of information and communication technology by Canadian postsecondary students with disabilities. In addition, since 2002, Jennison has held a volunteer position as Senior Advisor to the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), a Canadian, cross-disability consumer organization that advocates on behalf of students and recent graduates with disabilities on issues of equal access to postsecondary education and employment. Jennison holds a B.A. (with distinction) in Political Science, and an M.A. in Educational Technology, both from Concordia University in Montreal.

E.A. Draffan trained as a Speech and Language Therapist, before specialising in the field of Assistive Technologies. She has since worked with disabled students in Further and Higher Education, set up an Assistive Technology Centre, developed a database of assistive technologies, contributed to the work of JISC TechDis and other institutions and groups. She is now a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton working on projects related to disabled students' skills, strategies and access to a wide range of technologies within e-learning environments including Web 2.0 sites and services.

Darren Gabbert is a Grants & Contracts Administrator for the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Adaptive Computing Technology Center. He has been responsible for the direction and strategic planning of assistive technology services on the MU campus for over 20 years. Mr. Gabbert currently conducts research projects focused on innovative technology accommodations for persons with disabilities. He has served as co-PI on projects funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Health.

Enda P Guinan is Assistive Technology Advisor with National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His research interests include the application of mainstream and emerging technologies in higher education, accessibility in online learning, the impact of assistive technology on learner independence, and the implementation of good practice in the application of technology in teaching and learning particularly for adult learners. He blogs on these topics and more at

Jayme Johnson is an Instructional Technologist who provides training and support in the areas of web accessibility and assistive computer technology for the High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU) of the California Community College system. Before coming to the HTCTU, Jayme studied English, communications technologies, and media arts before entering the world of disability services as an Alternate Media Specialist.