Thanks so much to all that were able to attend our Speak Out on Assistive Technology (AT) in February! During the expert panel, Anna Spoden shared her successes in advocating for assistive technology devices for two of her students and the tremendous impact these devices have made. Ptahra Jeppe provided valuable first-hand feedback as a former New York City public school student and user of assistive technology who continues to use AT in her everyday life. Mark Surabian contributed to these experiences by sharing his expertise in the field of assistive technology and its accessibility for students with disabilities in New York City schools.
During our speak out portion of the evening, we also heard stories from parents of students using or in need of assistive technology devices, as well as from educators and DOE representatives who were able to provide helpful feedback.
If you missed our recent assistive technology event, Inclusion Requires Participation: Student Demonstrations of How Technology can be used to Improve Access to Education, you can now watch the footage of the seven students with disabilities who shared their experiences using technology solutions to address learning, communication, and physical challenges in their classrooms.
For additional videos of our presenters, check out Jasmine, Maya and her family, and Randy at an earlier event with the ARISE Coalition.
Thank you to the students who presented, the members of the ARISE Coalition, and staff of the Cognitech Café, who organized and staffed the event held at Pace University School of Education. Thank you also to our co-hosts who kept everyone fed during the day: Advocates for Children of New York, Parent to Parent of New York State, Parents for Inclusive Education, United We Stand, and the United Federation of Teachers.