In observation of Disability Awareness Month, this session featured Karen Hemker, Director of Disability Services, and two of her student guests demonstrating how they use technology to ensure that educational resources and opportunities are open to all students at Saint Mary’s regardless of ability or disability.

Graduate, Eric Qualey, talked about his experience with dyslexia and described what technologies he used to succeed in the classroom, as well as those he uses in his current job.  He also gave the audience (mostly faculty) tips about what they could do to make their classrooms friendlier to students with dyslexia.

Kelsey Waters, a current SMU student who is blind, demonstrated the technologies she has mastered that enable her to translate text into audio and into a braille keyboard device and to generally navigate successfully in academia.

Both presenters held the audience rapt with their inspiring success stories.

To see what was an amazing presentation go to Tegrity for the entire performance.