Thinking Outside the Box with Technology and Accommodations

Author: john.satkowski

I graduated from The University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education and am currently pursuing a master’s degree. I have been a classroom teacher in the art discipline for twelve years. I developed an interest in assistive technology when I worked with special education students that needed modifications to their general education curriculum through adaptive technology. I began using programs like JAWS and Dragon Dictate and that is what started my journey into assistive technology. I worked with students with various disabilities including Autism Spectrum disorders, mobility impairments, developmental disabilities, and visual, D/deaf or hard of hearing impairments. In my current position, I am responsible for all the adaptive technology for The University of Toledo Student Disability Services department, such as braille, electronic text, and captioning services. In the future, I hope to establish a media center that houses all services in one place.