The Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials Center’s Julie Pashovich

For more than 29 years, Julie Pashovich has been working and serving students who are blind and/or visually impaired.

“What I love most about my job is being able to provide students with materials and resources that are accessible for them,” said Julie. “Being able to have the right materials and tools is a critical part of their learning and success, and being a part of that process is special.”

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Promoting the Power of Accessibility: The Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials (AT&AEM) Center

Access for all. That’s the philosophy that guides the Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials (AT&AEM) Center at OCALI.

“In our work, we strive to help teachers, administrators, families, and people with disabilities to understand the power of accessibility,” said Jan Rogers, Program Director at the AT&AEM Center. “Accessibility can be provided through technology supports, creating accessible documents, materials and products, and designing activities inclusively.”

With 13 staff members and consultants, the AT&AEM Center is a responsive resource center that provides accessible educational materials, access to assistive technologies, and highly-specialized technical assistance and professional development support.

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Q&A With the Family Center at OCALI

The Family Center at OCALI connects families to the information they need regarding services, supports, training and resources, including the free OCALI Lending Library. It offers training and products to help families and to support agencies serving them.

Learn more about the Family Center in this Q&A with the program director, Teresa Kobelt.

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Sue Beck and the Lifespan Transitions Center at OCALI: The Perfect Fit at the Perfect Time

Affectionately known as SueBeck—yes, that’s one word—Sue has served as an independent contractor for OCALI’s Lifespan Transitions Center for six years. “All of my life, personally and professionally, I’ve been known as SueBeck. I’m not sure why or who came up with it, but it’s kind of quirky and unique.”

With a background of more than 40 years in education and supporting the transition for youth, Sue believes she has her “dream job.”

“Working with OCALI and the Lifespan Transitions Center is the perfect fit for me at this point in my life,” said Sue. “I have always worked with transition-age youth, even before it was a term, even before an Individualized Education Program (IEP). I bring a unique perspective because I have experience in the school system, helping school districts and students with support services, and in the Ohio Department of Education’s regional support system.” Continue reading “Sue Beck and the Lifespan Transitions Center at OCALI: The Perfect Fit at the Perfect Time”

The Lifespan Transitions Center: Building Bridges of Support From School-Age Through Adulthood

The Lifespan Transitions Center: Building Bridges of Support From School-Age Through Adulthood

“The transition from school-age through adult life is complex and there are typically multiple systems and providers involved, which can be difficult to navigate. A lot of what we do at the Lifespan Transitions Center is support the planning of the transition process in ways that bring the right people together.” Continue reading “The Lifespan Transitions Center: Building Bridges of Support From School-Age Through Adulthood”

Shawna Benson and the Center for Teaching Diverse Learners Supporting People with Complex Needs Across the Lifespan

by Shawna Benson, Teaching Diverse Learners Center at OCALI

“Over the years, I have seen a transition in people’s understanding of what teaching and supporting students with disabilities means. While OCALI’s early work focused on supporting the needs of students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, we’ve really evolved into supporting people with complex needs across the lifespan – from birth to adulthood, including important transition points in their lives.”

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The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness: Building Relationships and Connecting People Across Ohio

Launched in 2016, the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI works to increase access and equity for students and families who are impacted by blindness or deafness. The Outreach Center helps to connect resources, training, supports, and relationships so that communities can empower and equip students with what they need, when they need it, to grow, learn, and live their best lives. Continue reading “The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness: Building Relationships and Connecting People Across Ohio”