Traditionally, accessible technology has been seen as a specific accommodation for students who have additional needs due to disability. But what about students who struggle academically but who have not connected with disability services? In reality, many students who would benefit from AT tools do not have access to them and are often not even aware they exist. In this presentation, the University of Central Florida (UCF) will discuss how they worked with academic services and the athletic department to widen access to literacy software Read & Write and note-taking software Sonocent. You will learn how AT can be used to help a wide body of students overcome their learning challenges and improve fundamental study skills.
The benefits of making accessible technology available to all students, not just those with learning difficulties
How certain AT can help students overcome core challenges and improve fundamental study skills
How AT can be critical to the long-term success of a college
Presented by Brad Held, Accessible Technology Coordinator, University of Central Florida (UCF)
Brad has been the Accessible Technology Coordinator for the Student Accessibility Services office at University of Central Florida (UCF) for the past three years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biotechnology at the University of Georgia in 2006. Prior to arriving at UCF, Brad worked in Assistive Technology for almost ten years: four years in a public school K-12 setting with Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia and five years in higher-education at The University of Georgia and The University of South Carolina. He is certified in Assistive Technology Applications. Aside from helping UCF students received academic supports, Brad also has a learning disability. Brad uses his personal experience to aid students in being active participants in the accommodation process.