CTD Faculty

Joan Breslin-Larson

Joan Breslin Larson, Supervisor of Low Incidence Disabilities, Minnesota State Department of Education
Joan Breslin Larson, M.Ed. Joan is the supervisor for low incidence disabilities at the Minnesota Department of Education. She has worked in AT for over 20 years as an independent consultant, in a school setting and at the state education agency. She lives in Minnesota, and is the parent of three adult children, one of whom had an IEP. She is a member of the QIAT Leadership Team, and a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Assistive Technology from the state of Minnesota. Her work focuses on supporting systems improvement in school systems to improve access to assistive technology.

 
Christopher Bugaj Christopher Bugaj, AT Specialist/SLP, Loudoun County Public Schools, Northern Virginia
Christopher R. Bugaj, MA CCC-SLP earned his Bachelor of Science in Education at the State University of New York at Fredonia and earned his Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology at Kent State University. Chris is the host of the A.T.TIPScast, an award-winning podcast featuring tools and strategies that can be used to differentiate instruction. Chris is the co-author of The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools: Building or Improving Your District’s AT Team and has presented at a variety of local, state, and national conferences and is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He currently works as an assistive technology trainer for Loudoun County Public Schools in Northern Virginia. Chris is also the co-producer and co-author of the popular Night Light Stories podcast which features original stories for children of all ages.  Watch one of Chris's CTD promo videos.

 
Kara Flack
Kara Flack, AT and Early Childhood Specialist – Parent of a child with disabilities
Kara Flack is an Assistive Technology Specialist and is a mother of 3 girls 11, 9 and 7. Her youngest daughter, Maeve, was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy at 6 months of age. Maeve has been a very successful user of Assistive Technology throughout her lifetime. She currently uses PRC Unity language to communicate, accessing her device using Tobii Eye Gaze. Kara is an advocate for parents to promote the use of Assistive Technology as early as possible. She is currently working on the “Let’s Participate” pilot project being implemented in Massachusetts. The project supports Early Intervention service providers trained by the “Let’s Participate” project in the selection and use of Assistive Technology and including AT as part of a child’s IFSP. Trained providers have access to a lending library that supports the use of AT and access to web support for ongoing service and training. Kara holds a Masters in Special Education from Simmons College specializing in Assistive Technology. She also has her MBA from the University of Notre Dame and her Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College.

Chris Haskell

Chris Haskell, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Technology, Boise State University 
Dr. Haskell earned his Ed.D in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Foundational Studies from Boise State University. At the Boise State University, Dr. Haskell specializes in preparing pre-service teachers in methods and applications of technology integration in the classroom. In addition to instilling fundamental skills, Chris focuses on the use, adaptation, and implementation of emerging technologies in teacher education including gaming, mobile communication devices, portable media players, social networking tools, and virtual worlds.  Chris is actively piloting and developing groundbreaking alternative approaches to delivering and tracking learning.  Dr. Haskell has authored five textbooks and presented in over 30 conferences.
 
Yeunjoo Lee, Professor of Special Education, California State University, Bakersfield
Dr. Lee is a Professor and Director of Special Education program at California State University, Bakersfield. She earned her Ph.D. from University of Georgia in early childhood special education and a secondary emphasis in instructional technology. Her expertise is in the areas of assistive technology, moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, multiculturalism, and teacher education. 
 
Mike Marotta, ATP - AT Specialist, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC 
Mike is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional who has been providing direct services to individuals with all disabilities for over 25 years. As an evaluator, Mike works collaboratively with teams in all environments (school, workplace, and community) to effectively match the individual’s needs to technology supports. He is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter who was previously a trainer for California State University at Northridge (CSUN), providing practical and in-depth training to professionals interested in specializing in assistive technology. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches a course in the Masters of Assistive Technology Program titled  Current and Future Trends in AT , and at Felician College in New Jersey, where he teaches pre-service teachers a course titled  Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology
 
Josh Miele
Josh Miele, Associate Scientist, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
Dr. Miele is an alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley where he received this BA in Physics and his Ph.D. in Psychoacoustics. He is currently an Associate Scientist at The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center where he is conducting research in the areas of tactile maps and auditory displays. Areas of active research involve the integration of inexpensive software adaptations, existing mainstream technologies, mobile platforms, and the Internet. Current projects include the development of a web-based tool for the automated production of tactile street maps (TMAP); investigation of the use of an off-the-shelf smartpen as a platform for next-generation audio/tactile graphics; a psychophysical investigation of haptically-integrated sonification techniques; and the development of a virtual, wireless Braille keyboard (the WearaBraille) for use with smartphones and mobile platforms.

 
Luis Perez, Ph.D., Apple Distinguished Educator and Accessibility Expert
Luis Perez, Ph.D.Luis Pérez is an inclusive learning consultant based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has more than a decade of experience working with educators to help them integrate technology in ways that empower all learners. Luis holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida, and he is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. Luis has been honored as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009, as a Google in Education Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) in 2014, as a Book Creator Ambassador and as a TouchCast Ambassador (2016). He currently serves as the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). His work has appeared in publications such Teaching Exceptional Children, Closing the Gap Solutions, THE Journal, and The Loop Magazine.  In addition to his work in educational technology, Luis is an avid photographer whose work has been featured in Better Photography magazine, Business Insider,  the New York Times Bits Blog and the Sydney Morning Herald. Luis has presented at national and international conferences such as South by Southwest EDU, ISTE, CSUN, ATIA and Closing the Gap.
 
Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP
Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, Accessibility Specialist and certified ATP with over 20 years of experience in Assistive Technology, Special Education, Pre-K -12, as well as post-secondary and adult services. Diana is also the Founder and CEO of Assistive Technology for Education (ATforEd.com) and Access4Employment (Access4Employment.com) – organizations with multi-disciplinary teams of consultants providing comprehensive AT evaluations, individual and group training or evaluations, consultation for students to access education and for adults to access employment, home and the community. She also provides professional development, including workshops and individual & group training and live webinars and consults with clients & organizations regarding 508 compliance and accessibility for websites, including testing and implementation. Diana’s previous professional experience includes work as AT Specialist at the University of New Hampshire, Disability Services, and with Special Education students of various abilities and AT needs in public school setting. Diana presents and trains locally & nationally including at ATIA, CSUN, Closing the Gap, New England AT conference, Adirondack AT conference, SWAAAC and others.
 
Beth Poss
Beth PossBeth Poss is currently an early childhood special education administrator for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, supervising and supporting special education staff, including teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists. As a former member of the MCPS curriculum writing team, she helped design and implement a curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the principles of Universal Design for Learning.  As a certified Speech Language Pathologist, she served as a member of the MCPS assistive technology team for 10 years.  She is an adjunct faculty member for Johns Hopkins University, and  presents nationally on best practices in Professional Development, Early Childhood Special Education, Learning and other Educational Disabilities, Assistive Technology, Instructional Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Areas of special interest include Inclusive Learning Environments,  Using iPads in Early Childhood, Use of Google Apps for Education,  Implementing the Common Core State Standards, and Free Resources to Support Universal Design for Learning in the 21st Century.
 
Sean J. Smith, Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas
Dr. Smith has a background in the area of special education and technology, specifically towards the integration of technology across teacher preparation programs. He has authored and presented a number of articles and papers dealing with special education technology and is currently a Project Director on several US Department of Education program initiatives seeking to further the integration of technology components across teacher preparation programs and into the lives of students with disabilities as well as the development of a virtual social skill training experience for students with Autism. Dr. Smith has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Special Education Technology and currently serves as an Associate Editor for Teaching Exceptional Children. He is the proud parent of four young children, one having an intellectual disability.
Joy ZabalaJoy Zabala, Director of Technical Assistance, CAST and National AEM Center 
Dr. Zabala is currently the Director of Technical Assistance at CAST where she also directs the technical assistance efforts of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials and serves as the evaluator of the NIMAS Development Center. She received her B.A. in Education from the University of Florida, her M.Ed. from Florida Atlantic University, and her Ed.D from the University of Kentucky with an emphasis on personnel preparation using distance education tools and strategies. Dr. Zabala has over 25 years’ experience in the special education arena conducting professional development and training for students, families, education agencies, organizations, companies, in the U.S.A. and abroad. Dr. Zabala also holds Assistive Technology Practitioner credential issued by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). She is a frequent presenter on AT decision-making, implementation, evaluation of effectiveness and the use of UDL and AT work to support student achievement. She is the developer of the SETT Framework, a collaborative decision-making tool, a founding member of the QIAT Community and facilitator of the QIAT, and a past-president of the Technology and Media Division (TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children.
 
Yong Zhap
Yong Zhao, Professor, College of Education, University of Kansas
Yong Zhao, Ph.D., is the new Foundation Distinguished Professor in Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies at the University of Kansas. Prior to joining the University of Kansas, Dr. Zhao held the presidential chair and served as professor in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership at the College of Education, University of Oregon. Dr. Zhao has extensive international experience consulting with government and educational agencies and speaking on educational issues in many countries on six continents. His current work focuses on designing 21st century schools in the context of globalization and the digital revolution. Zaho earmed his doctorate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is known internationally for his research in creativity and enterpreneurship education, globalization and education, China and Chinese-language learning, technology in education, and schooling and education reforms.