What does it mean for instructional technology specialists and assistive technology specialists to truly collaborate with one another? As Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has swept through the education world it has created a path for new and innovative collaboration. UDL has blurred many of the previous lines between instructional and assistive technologies. This has prompted the clear need not only for more technology but also the awareness of and training on inclusive uses of technology. This session will address the benefits of such a partnership and how it is beneficial for student learning and professional collaborations.
Mary Shannon Marcella
Mary Shannon Marcella is a speech-language pathologist with a special interest in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for students with severe needs and access challenges. As the Assistive Technology Coordinator for Boston Public Schools, she is responsible for coordinating all Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) consultations, evaluations, trainings, and professional development in the district. She is a 2010 graduate from Northeastern University and developed her passion in the area of AAC during her time working at Perkins School for the Blind in undergrad. She has presented both nationally and internationally at ATIA and ISAAC.
Rhianon E. Gutierrez
Rhianon E. Gutierrez is a learning designer and consultant. Her varied background includes instructional design, media production, and disability advocacy. As a Digital Learning Specialist in the Boston Public Schools, she builds district-wide partnerships around inclusive uses of technology and leads and supports blended professional learning for teachers and school and district leaders. She has taught media arts and technology to elementary through adult learners. Rhianon’s lived experiences with disability have informed her work as a national advocate, speaker, and consultant on inclusive design. Rhianon has presented nationally at ISTE, ATIA, South by Southwest, HLAA, Building Learning Communities (BLC17), and more. She currently serves on the board of ISTE’s Inclusive Learning Network and holds graduate certification in assistive technology.