Disability Summit Speakers

 

 

Gregg Vanderheiden, Keynote Speaker

Gregg Vanderheiden is a professor of Industrial and Biomedical Engineering, and director of Trace R&D Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-directs Raising the Floor, an international consortium of over 50 companies and organizations building the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII). Has worked in technology and disability for over 45 years; was a pioneer in Augmentative Communication (a term taken from his writings in 1979) and computer access. Most of the initial access features for both Windows and MacOS came from his Center. His work can be found in a wide range of products including computers, phones, Automated Postal Stations, Amtrak ticket machines, and airport communication terminals. He co-chaired both WCAG 1.0 and 2.0 working groups, and has worked with over 50 companies and numerous government advisory & planning committees including FCC, NSF, NIH, GSA, NCD, Access Board and White House. Dr. Vanderheiden will be joining the faculty of the iSchool at University of Maryland - College Park the fall.

Keynote: Technology is changing the world as we experience it. What are the implications on accessibility/extended-usability?

1:25pm, Main Room (0211)

Tara Brady

Tara Brady is a Teen Librarian at Queens Library's central library in Jamaica New York and a 2014 graduate of University of Maryland's iSchool.

Universal Usability in Action: Facilitating Technology Accessibility to the Disability Community in DC

2:30pm, MITH

Rachael Bradley

Rachael Bradley has her Master's Degree from the University of Illinois and her PhD from the University of Maryland. She works for the MITRE Corporation to improve usability and accessibility within both the corporation and the government. She also enjoys teaching occasionally for the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.

Creating Accessible Organizations

1:25pm, Media Room (0302J)

Eyoel Delessa

Eyoel Delessa earned his MLS from UMD with a specialization in Information and Diverse Populations. He also has a B.A in Government and Politics with a Minor in Philosophy from UMD. Eyoel is currently a Youth Services Librarian at the Hyattsville branch of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. He has had the opportunity to work as a Public Administrative Assistant with the Montgomery County Public Library System and as an Instructor for UNIV103: Student Success Strategies at the University of Maryland. He has a passion for public service and believes public libraries are vital to building inclusive communities in an increasingly diverse America.

Universal Usability in Action: Facilitating Technology Accessibility to the Disability Community in DC

2:30pm, MITH

Leah Findlater

Leah Findlater is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. A major thread of her work focuses on designing new mobile and wearable interfaces and interactions that are accessible to users with visual and motor impairments.

New Directions in Accessible Wearable Computing

3:35pm, MITH

Carolyn M. Fink

My professional career has centered on working with children and youth around learning and behavior issues. My dissertation involved reading tutoring for women in prison, listening to their school stories and experiences. At the University of Maryland, I have taught pre-service teachers, graduate students and undergraduates from all disciplines to consider disabilities as a broad interaction of individual and environment.

Disability in Community: Access, Accommodation, and Adaptation (EDSP 220)

2:30pm, MITH

The Disability Studies Minor

3:35pm, Main Room (0211)

Cecilia Franck

Cecilia Franck uses they/them pronouns and is a University of Maryland undergraduate majoring in Spanish and pursuing a certificate in LGBT Studies. They work in the DCMR division of the University Libraries and plan to pursue graduate study in Library Science so they can help preserve and promote born-digital media made by queer/trans/disabled artists like that featured in Feeling Powerless F***ing Sucks. They moonlight as a queer trans mentally ill slime sorcerer.

Feeling Powerless F***ing Sucks: Horror and Catharsis in Porpentine痴 Game Anthology Eczema Angel Orifice

3:35pm, MITH

Lisa Gonzalez

Lisa Gonzalez is a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with the University of Maryland Extension. She provides community programming on the topics of nutrition, food safety, wellness and gardening for better health. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health as well as a graduate certificate in Medical Herbalism both earned at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She also is a certified teacher and has a B.A. in Environmental Education and a minor in Intercultural Studies from Warren Wilson College. She has worked for extension for over six years in both Baltimore and Montgomery County. She has worked with developmentally disabled youth and adults for over 10 years and in a variety of settings including schools and workforce development sites.

Nutrition Education Strategies for Developmentally Disabled Adults, Their Families and Caregivers

2:30pm, Media Room (0302J)

Ryan Greenstein

Ryan Greenstein is a senior majoring in History with minors in International Development and Conflict Management and Global Terrorism Studies. He is currently serving as the Policy Chair for The Voice: Juvenile Justice.

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students with Disabilities

3:35pm, Media Room (0302J)

Donna Howard

 

Bullying the Special Child: Parents of children with intellectual disabilities share perceptions of exposures and needs

2:30pm, Main Room (0211)

Luanjiao Aggie Hu

Luanjiao (Aggie) Hu is a first year PhD student in the International Education Policy Program at UMD. Before coming to the US, she did her undergraduate studies in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in Xi'an, China, and later taught English standardized test in Shenzhen, China for three years. She enjoys reading non-fiction literature in Chinese and takes great interest in international education and disability issues. Aggie also did a TEDx talk on the underrepresentation of Chinese students with disabilities in higher education at UMD last November.

Inclusion and Exclusion: Special Education System in China

2:30pm, Main Room (0211)

Susan Johnston

 

Campus 3-Year IT-Accessibility Plan

1:25pm, Main Room (0211)

David Leestma

David Leestma Assoc. AIA is an architectural designer working at Torti Gallas and Partners and recent graduate of the University of Maryland. He completed his Master of Architecture degree with a thesis exploring the effects of the built environment on individuals with autism, and how to design a school specifically for an autistic user.

Designing for the Spectrum: An Architectural Model for the Autistic User

1:25pm, Media Room (0302J)

Peter Leone

Peter Leone is a professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education. His his research examines the adequacy of education programming for youth in institutional and alternative settings as well as school discipline. He teaches EDSP 289i - Disability: From Stigma and Side Show to Mainstream and Main Street, an i-series course in the General Education program.

Disability: From Stigma and Sideshow to Mainstream and Main Street (EDSP 289i)

1:25pm, MITH

The Disability Studies Minor

3:35pm, Main Room (0211)

Megan Masters

 

Campus 3-Year IT-Accessibility Plan

1:25pm, Main Room (0211)

Deborah Mateik

 

Campus 3-Year IT-Accessibility Plan

1:25pm, Main Room (0211)

Jim McCarthy

Jim McCarthy has a law degree and 20 years of disability public policy experience. He is a person with a disability. He directs the Maryland Technology Assistance Program within the Maryland Department of Disabilities and has been designated to facilitate a workgroup to explore accessibility concepts in higher education. Jim served as a member of the Telecommunications and Electronic and Information Technology Advisory Committee (TEITAC) established by the Access-Board in 2006. He has considerable knowledge of accessible voting, and accessible instructional materials acquisition for students in elementary through post-secondary education.

Accessibility Concepts in computer and information system courses: How much do Maryland Higher Education Students know and how much should they know

1:25pm, Main Room (0211)

Meaghan McHugh

Meaghan McHugh, MPH is a second year doctoral student and Research Assistant within the Department of Behavior and Community Health at the School of Public Health. As a Research Assistant, her duties have included quantitative and qualitative analysis of data concerning patients-provider engagement, patient self-management, health literacy and more recently, assisting with the development of a comprehensive HIV plan for the state of Maryland. In 2015, Meaghan initiated an independent study to examine bullying behaviors within the Special Olympics community where she currently serves as Clinical Director for Health Promotion. Her previous professional experience includes managing federal grants that target Asia, Africa, and Latin America, managing a Maternal and Child Health grant targeting youth with special health care needs, and working at the county level in adolescent tobacco control. Meaghan received a BA in Economics at Holy Cross College and an MPH at Johns Hopkins University.

Bullying the Special Child: Parents of children with intellectual disabilities share perceptions of exposures and needs

2:30pm, Main Room (0211)

Angel Miles

 

Homeownership and African American Women with Physical Disabilities

1:25pm, MITH

Laura Miller

Laura Miller is a junior majoring in Finance with a minor in Public Leadership. She co-founded The Voice: Juvenile Justice as a Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellow through the School of Public Policy. Currently, she serves as the Co-President leading the club in its second year of advocacy activity.

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students with Disabilities

3:35pm, Media Room (0302J)

Betsy Nolen

Betsy Nolen, Assoc. AIA, is an Architectural Designer at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Masters of Architecture in May 2015, preceded by a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree completed in May 2013. Her masters thesis research focused on a way to design architecture that reinforced use of all the senses. This research crossed into varying categories - phenomenology, perception, cognition, and architectural strategies in materials and acoustics.

Architecture Without Vision

1:25pm, Media Room (0302J)

Shain Neumeier

Shain M. Neumeier is an autistic attorney with other disabilities including ectodermal dysplasia and a cleft lip and palate. They are a survivor of coercive treatment. This background has led Shain to be involved in disability justice advocacy for the past 6 years. During that time, they have worked with a number of organizations including statewide protection and advocacy agencies, self-advocacy organizations and a law firm with a focus on addressing and preventing abuse, neglect and coercive care in education and treatment settings.

'For Your Own Good': Coercive Care in the Lives of Marginalized People

2:30pm, Media Room (0302J)

Ana Palla-Kane

Dr. Ana Palla-Kane is a faculty in the Department of Kinesiology. She received her PhD in Education from the University of Virginia. She is an advocate for inclusion and empowerment of individuals with disabilities.
She is the founder and director of TerpAccess Disability Network. She designed and delivered Disability Awareness and Advocacy Training for faculty, students and staff at the University of Maryland. She has been invited to lead the Campus IT Accessibility Plan and is temporarily serving as the campus representative from the President’s Commission for Disability Issues.
Dr. Palla-Kane is engaged in international initiatives relating to disability rights and empowering individuals with disabilities, including advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities. In Brazil, she has completed extensive work on inclusion of students with disabilities in educational settings. She is currently working in a “Sports for All” project funded by USAID in Brazil.

Campus 3-Year IT-Accessibility Plan

1:25pm, Main Room (0211)

Johnna Percell

Johnna Percell has a background working in nonprofits serving the education and housing needs of individuals with community corrections involvement. This work lead her to pursue her Master of Library Science with a specialization in Information and Diverse Populations from UMD's College of Information Studies. After completing her MLS, she was selected as the 2015 Google Policy Fellow for the American Library Association Washington Office. She returned to UMD last fall as the Communications Coordinator for the College of Information Studies.

Universal Usability in Action: Facilitating Technology Accessibility to the Disability Community in DC

2:30pm, MITH

Ellysha Raelen Recto

 

Campus 3-Year IT-Accessibility Plan

1:25pm, Main Room (0211)

LaToya Rosser

LaToya Rosser graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. During her matriculation at UMES, she played basketball, ran track, and was also inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, an international English Honor Society. LaToya went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Communications from Trinity University in Washington, DC in 2009. Currently, she is an Executive Coordinator at The George Washington University School of Nursing, where her primary responsibility is Academic and Program Affairs for the Graduate online program. She is also currently pursuing a second Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration. She hopes to build on her career in Academic Affairs and wants to help students on their journey to success. On her spare time, she enjoys dancing, playing basketball, and traveling.

Chronic/Invisible Illnesses: Providing a Cornerstone for Unknown Obstacles

2:30pm, Main Room (0211)

Madlen Simon

Madlen Simon AIA is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and a registered architect. Professor Simon's scholarship, research, and creative practice are in the area of design - design thinking, design process, design education, design of buildings, and the application of design to issues in the area of environment and behavior. Professor Simon supervises graduate student research in this area. One design research track investigates design for disabilities, including visual impairments and autism, which involve differences in sensory perception of the built environment.

Creative Co-Lab

1:25pm, Media Room (0302J)

Designing for the Spectrum: An Architectural Model for the Autistic User

1:25pm, Media Room (0302J)

Beth St. Jean

Beth St. Jean is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies, the Assistant Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), and an affiliate faculty member of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Her research aims to improve people's long-term health outlooks by exploring the important interrelationships between their health-related information behaviors, their health literacy, their health-related self-efficacy, and their health behaviors. She has worked with both adults and children, most recently co-developing the NLM-funded HackHealth after-school program (http://hackhealth.umd.edu/) to assist disadvantaged middle school students with their digital health literacy skills.

Information-related Strategies for Preventing and Mitigating Diabetes-related Disabilities and their Negative Impacts

2:30pm, Media Room (0302J)

Mega Subramaniam

Dr. Mega Subramaniam is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies, and Associate Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Subramaniam痴 research focuses on enhancing the role of libraries in fostering the mastery of information and new media literacy so essential to STEM learning among underserved young people. She serves as the co-editor of the School Library Research Journal and the International Journal of Information, Diversity, and Inclusion. More information about her research and teaching interests can be found at: http://www.terpconnect.umd.edu/‾mmsubram/.

Universal Usability in Action: Facilitating Technology Accessibility to the Disability Community in DC

2:30pm, MITH

Karess Taylor-Hughes

Karess Taylor-Hughes is a NY native who identifies as queer gender non-conforming (They/Them pronouns). Karess has years of experience working in political campaigns on LGBTQ rights. The activist earned their B.S. in Kinesiology from UMD and their M.S. from Columbia University in Sports Management. Karess also has experience working in both intercollegiate and professional sports. Their interests lie in research on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in physical culture and how it impacts our society. As a member of the Black Queer Feminist organization BYP100, Karess will continue to make progress by pushing to increase more advocacy work for underrepresented communities.

Criminalization of Black Bodies: How can a Black Queer Feminist lens disrupt narratives of an ableist movement?

3:35pm, Media Room (0302J)

Carlton Walker

 

Making Academic Ebooks Fully Accessible to Blind Students

1:25pm, Main Room (0211)