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The Assist Learning podcast is dedicated to helping teachers and families assist students with learning disabilities. In this podcast, we explore the intersection of instructional technology and special education.

Feb 12, 2018

Rachael Sessler Trinkowsky works with a variety of assistive technology including screen readers and screen magnification software.

Dr. Sessler Trinkowsky's credentials include a B.A. in Special Education and a Master of Health Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Florida. She also earned an Educational Specialist and a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Engineering and Computing. Her dissertation topic focused on accessibility awareness and practices in online learning environments.

She is a very proud recipient of the Florida Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (Florida FAER) award for Outstanding Rehabilitation Professional for the Blind Award (2017). Rachael is on the Board of Directors for Florida FAER for 2018 as a member-at-large. She has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) since 1999 and was honored to be a member of the Subject Matter Expert (SME) Committee for the development of the new amuch-neededded specialization, called Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist for People with Visual Impairments (CATIS) through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP).

Working in this field since 1999 she has previously worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Division of Blind Services and as an assistive technology sales and training representative for Florida Reading and Vision Technology, now Florida Vision Technology.

Currently, Dr. Sessler Trinkowsky works for the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches as the Technology Training and Vocational Coordinator, where she oversees services for a 5-county territory and has more than 12 years of experience working with the Lighthouse.

Lighthouse teaches a variety of assistive technology including screen readers, screen magnification software, low vision devices, braille technology, smartphone and tablet accessibility, optical character recognition (OCR) options, and many different types of specialized devices.

She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass) where she teaches a course in the Assistive Technology Certificate Program at UIC and is developing a Graduate Certificate program through UMass to prepare professionals for the new CATIS credential through ACVREP.



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