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Disability Mentoring Day—October 18th, 2006 held at Tripp Commons-Memorial Union, UW-Madison

Technology and Accessibility

  • A day in the life of a student accessing (or not) PDF's—What's the problem?
    Mike Hinrichs, Social Work Student demonstrated the challenges he faces as a screen reader user trying to read an inaccessible PDF (image file).


  • Read Out Loud:  Repairing Reading Order in PDF
    Joyce Tikalsky, UW College of Engineering, Webmaster

    Additional presentation information regarding Repairing Reading Order in PDF files in
    pdf format(Adobe Reader Download)
    powerpoint format

  • Mentoring Students with Learning Disabilities: Success Stories and Research
    Cathy Trueba, Director of the McBurney Disability Resource Center, UW-Madison
  • Assistive Technology for Learning Disabilities and Visual Impairment demonstrated by ATR (Adaptive Technology Resources) of adaptive software for individuals with learning disabilities and visual impairments.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS—Technology, Disabilities, & Mentoring

Jay Martin, Professor Mechanical Engineering, Recipient of The James G. Woodburn Award for Excellence in Teaching

"Jay's students say Jay is one of the most accessible, dedicated teachers they could have ever had -- someone who instilledethics and pushed them to do better work than they ever imagined they could."
Jay is an active member of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy, and is Director of UW-CREATe (Center for Rehabilitation Engineering andAssistive Technology). The goal of CREATe is goal is to build and grow an organization that is aimed at making a difference through engineering research, design, and education.

Lunch, small group, discussion and campus tours


Disability Mentoring Day is co-sponsored by:




Alicia Blegen:, (608) 890-0992

Division of Information Technology (DoIT), Technology Accessibility Program (TAP)
Alice Anderson: , (608) 262-2129

Access to Independence

ATR—Adaptive Technology Resources

Edgewood College Disability Services

MATC Disability Resource Services

McBurney Disability Resource Center

UW-Whitewater Center for Students with Disabilities


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