List of Presentations



WELCOME – 9:00 – 9:30

Donna Korbel, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs; Director, Center for Students with Disabilities, University of Connecticut

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed, ATP, Founder & Consultant, AT for Education

Katie Halbruner, Disability Specialist, Center for Students with Disabilities, University of Connecticut

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1 - 9:30-10:30 (5 OPTIONS)                               

ATHack, a Design and Educational Exercise in Accessibility – Room 304A

Jaya Narain, ATHack Co-Founder & Co-Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Tally Portnoi, ATHack Co-Director
Amanda Fike, ATHack Co-Director
Sally Beiruti, ATHack Co-Director
Hosea Siu, ATHack Executive Team


Successful Transition to College, AT, Accommodations & Advocacy! – Room 304B

Supplemental material here

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed, ATP. AT for Education

Alyssa Marinaccio, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Center for Students with Disabilities, University of Connecticut


Accessibility and WordPress – Room 304C

John Brandt, Training Coordinator, Maine CITE


AT to Support Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Literacy, Learning, Communication & Access – Room 310

Kelsey Hall, Assistive Technology Coordinator, UMass Amherst


Aira: Using Augmented Reality to Enhance Information Access & Cultural Experiences for the Blind –Room 325

Marty Watts, Director of Sales, Aira Tech

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2 - 10:45-11:45 (5 OPTIONS)                

Staying Grounded: Using Mindfulness and Accessible Design to Accommodate Mental Health Disabilities– Room 304A

Sharon Rosenblatt, Accessibility Partners


Apps & AT Across the Curriculum-Supporting Diverse Learners on All Devices! Google & iOS – Room 304B

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed, ATP, AT for Education


A Developer’s Guide to Web Accessibility in the Enterprise – Room 304C

Paul Grenier, Senior Developer, Travelers Insurance


Creating STEM-Based Accessible Educational Materials using 3-D Printing Technology – Room 310

Kelsey Hall, Assistive Technology Coordinator, UMass Amherst

Bryan Monesson-Olson, Bio-Chemistry Professor and Honors Program Director - UMass Amherst
Dennis Spencer, Digital Media Lab, UMass Amherst


Cutting Edge Low-Vision & Braille Solutions – Room 325

David Bradburn, President, BAUM USA, Inc.

LUNCH BREAK - 11:45-1:00 (LUNCH INCLUDED, AND LUNCH TIME SPEAKER)                                            

Inclusion Through UX– Ballroom (12:15)

Elizabeth Rosenzweig, Consultant, Adjunct Professor, Bentley University, User Experience Center

Founder of World Usability Day

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 3 - 1:15-2:15 (5 OPTIONS)                                   

Making STEM Accessible with iOS Devices – Room 304A

Luis Perez, Inclusive Learning Advocate    


What Makes a PDF Accessible? – Room 304C

Jon Metz, Accessibility Strategist, Metzessible


Inclusive Design: A Holistic Approach to Creating Accessible Learning Spaces – Room 310

Kelsey Hall, Assistive Technology Coordinator, UMass Amherst
Nicholas Chavez, AutoCAD/Creative Area Manager, UMass Amherst


AT and UDL Implementation in Preschool: Lessons from the Let's Participate! Project – Room 324

Laura Kessel, AT/AAC Specialist, Let's Participate Project, Public Schools of Brookline

Johan de Besche, PT DPT, Project Coordinator, Let's Participate!  FHI 360


Assistive Technology for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Room 325

Lisa Fiano, Education Specialist, CREC (Capitol Region Education Council)

Carolann Cormier, Education Specialist/Speech and Language Pathologist CREC (Capitol Region Education Council) Expert Solutions

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 4 – 2:30-3:30 (5 OPTIONS)                                 

iOS Apps & Accessibility Features for Blind and / or Low Vision Users – Room 304A     

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed, ATP, AT for Education

Luis Perez, Inclusive Learning Advocate    


Hot Trends in Assistive Tech: Its impact on EVERYONE! – Room 304C

Nicole Feeney, Director of AT Services, NEAT Center at Oak Hill


Web Accessibility: Inclusive Practices to Enhance the User Experience– Room 310
Kelsey Hall, Assistive Technology Coordinator, UMass Amherst
Samm Delorey, Web Developer, UMass Amherst
Joshua Pearson, Departmental Assistant, Assistive Technology Center, UMass Amherst
Matthew Mattingly, Web Developer, UMass Amherst


How to Make Museums More Inclusive – Room 324

Sharon Rosenblatt, Accessibility Partners


Creating a More Inclusive Campus Community – Room 325

Audrey Silva, Director of UCIS (University of Connecticut Interpreting Services)

Joshua Rucker, Deputy ADA Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity, UConn




PresentationsNathan Yates
World Usability Day Overnight Rooms

We were able to get 15 rooms (7 King and 8 Queen Double Bed) at the Nathan Hale Inn reserved for the conference! We have these blocked for 11/8/17, so presenters/exhibitors/attendees could check in the night before the conference. The rate is $134 plus tax. Parking is included by the hotel. Request a World Usability Day Overnight Room when making reservations.

The room block will be held until 10/5/17, after which we will cancel any rooms not purchased, so that will be the last day to book a room.

LodgingNathan Yates
Lodging Information

The Nathan Hale Inn is located on the University of Connecticut campus. We're working to get a block of rooms available for WUDNE17. Check here soon for updates!

Other hotel options nearby: -Best Western in Mansfield, CT is right on route 195 which leads into campus. Extended stay in Manchester, CT is right off of highway I-84.

LodgingNathan Yates