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NCDAE Webcast - Accessible Education Policy: Points of Possible Influence


Below are archives of the NCDAE audio broadcast from Tuesday, October 26, 2004, entitled Accessible Education Policy: Points of Possible Influence. Please select from one of the following options:

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Deborah Buck has over 20 years experience working in the field of disability and technology. She was recently appointed Executive Director of the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP). Prior to joining ATAP, Ms. Buck was the Director of State IT Accessibility Initiatives at the Information Technology Technical Assistance and Training Center (ITTATC). Before working on the national level, Ms. Buck was the Accessibility Program Manager at the NYS Office for Technology where she was responsible for information technology accessibility-related policy and program development. She also served as the Director of the NYS TRAID Project - NY’s Assistive Technology Program for 10 years where she was involved in public and private sector activities related to assistive technology, information technology and telecommunications accessibility. She holds a MS, Rehabilitation Counseling from the University at Albany, NY and a BA, Sociology from Bishops University, PQ, Canada.

Mark Schneiderman is Director of Education Policy for the Software & Information Industry Association. SIIA is the principal trade association of the digital code and content industry, representing the interests of more than 600 leading high-tech companies that develop software and electronic content, including for the education and Internet markets. Schneiderman represents SIIA's members before Congress, the Administration, state governments and other national stakeholders on education technology policies, including the government programs, funding and regulations that impact technology at all levels of education. He also helps education providers understand the impact of public policies and regulations on their customers in order that they can better serve educational needs. Prior to joining SIIA, Schneiderman was Legislative Associate for the Council of Chief State School Officers, where he represented the public officials heading each state's department of education. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPP from Georgetown University. He serves on the executive boards of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) and the KIPP DC/Key Academy charter school, and previously served on the executive committee of the Committee for Education Funding (CEF).

Jessica M. Brodey is an attorney and a public policy advocate with more than 10 years of experience. Ms. Brodey's practice focuses on Internet, communications, technology, education and disability policy. Ms. Brodey has significant experience in Congressional lobbying, coalition building and organizational outreach, most recently through her work with the Technology, Education, and Accessible Media (TEAM) Coalition, a coalition of disability rights groups, educational organizations, and technology companies working to increase students' with disabilities access to educational technology. Previously, Ms. Brodey worked as an associate in a large DC law firm, where her practice consisted primarily of intellectual property, Internet and e-commerce counseling and litigation, and at the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. Ms. Brodey also worked for many years as a free-lance American Sign Language Interpreter. Ms. Brodey received her JD from the New York University School of Law. She received her BA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.