Education, technology and accessibility: What is still missing?


The MA in Educational Leadership and Management is delighted to invite you to a Livestreamed virtual panel of Guest Speaker presentations which will take place on May 21st from 4 to 5:30pm PST. This event is made possible through the support of the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University. Please join us to enjoy presentations from the following guests:

Denis Boudreau, Principal Web Accessibility Consultant, Strategist and Trainer at Deque

Denis Boudreau is an internationally-recognized Web accessibility speaker, consultant and trainer. An expert member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) and a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA), he has been advocating inclusion for people with disabilities and the elderly on the Web for over 19 years. Denis is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), and he currently acts as the Montreal Chapter's 2019 Communications Chair and President-Elect for 2020. A shameless geek with a fixation on inclusive design, Denis has a passion for interfaces that emotionally resonate, are beautifully engaging and delightfully accessible.

Natalie Martiniello, PhD candidate at Université de Montréal

Natalie Martiniello is a Vision Loss Rehabilitation Specialist who has provided training in braille and assistive technologies to children, adults and seniors with visual impairments. She obtained a B.A. in English and Educational Studies from McGill University, a M.Sc in Vision Science (Visual Impairment) from the University of Montreal, and is currently a Ph.D Candidate in Vision Science (Visual Impairment option) also from the University of Montreal. Her research focuses on the development of evidence-based strategies to better support older learners of braille, including the influence of technologies on reading performance outcomes. From 2007 to 2014, she worked as a Researcher for the Adaptech Research Network, and has collaborated extensively on initiatives related to accessibility and inclusive education. She is the President of Braille Literacy Canada.

Dina Moati, Sheridan College Faculty.  Professor/Educational Development Consultant, Sheridan College

Dina Moati’s experience in the field of education spans across K-12, vocational, and post secondary Canadian, US and international settings. Her experience working with diverse populations, including students with disabilities and multilingual learners, has shaped her perspective in adopting a UDL lens in the design and delivery of curriculum.

Dina believes in cultivating learner-centred environments that are grounded by the core values of equity, inclusive design, learner voice, purposeful integration of technology, and reflective practice. She holds an MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction, is a certified “Learning Disability Specialist” (Assistive Technologist, Learning Strategist, Google Certified Teacher), as well as Adult Education Facilitator. She is currently a professor/educational development consultant at Sheridan College and a Ph.D. student in the Educational Sustainability Program at Nippissing University.

Andrea Prupas, Assistive Technology Consultant, English Montreal School Board

Andrea Prupas is the Assistive and Accessible Technology Consultant at the English Montreal School Board, supporting students and teachers with both highly specialized assistive technologies and universal solutions. Andrea obtained a BEd. and MA (Education) from McGill University as well as a Master’s certificate in Non-Profit Administration from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Her professional experience has been in both policy creation and hands-on application of accessible and assistive technologies. As a project coordinator for the English School Boards of Québec and the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, she led a provincial project to integrate accessible education resources and Universal Design for Learning into the school boards. Andrea has been a frequent presenter at international special education conferences, including the Assistive Technology Industry Association and the Council of Exceptional Children. The most impactful (and wonderful) part of her current position is seeing her students experience success with accessible and assistive technologies!

We hope that you can join us.