Expert Advisors

ATSTAR Expert Advisors

Throughout product development, ATSTAR ensured that the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) were strictly adhered to by thoroughly integrating six of the nation's lead thinkers in the area of assistive technology into the curriculum development process. ATSTAR's key consultants are:

  1. Gayl Bowser, is the former Coordinator of the Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) and an independent consultant. Ms Bowser provides assistive technology consultation, training and technical assistance throughout the United States and internationally.
  2. Diana Foster Carl, M.A., L.S.S.P., is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas with more than 30 years’ experience in various capacities in public education. Currently, Diana contracts with CAST as the Special Projects Coordinator for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials.
  3. Carye Edelman, Assistive Technology Specialist, Austin Independent School District
  4. Kelly Fonner, has a BS in Special Education and an MS in Educational Technology with emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education Technology. Her continuing education and research has been in the area of Adult Education and Special Education Technology. She is an independent educational and assistive technology consultant.
  5. Terry Lankutis, is an independent assistive technology specialist from Montana with a focus in the integration of assistive technology in rural settings.
  6. Jan McSorley, has over 20 years of experience in K-12 as a teacher and as an Assistive Technology Specialist. She is currently leads the accessibility effort at Pearson's School Division.
  7. Penny Reed, is the former Director of the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI). She has been a teacher, consultant and administrator in the field of special education and assistive technology and the author of numerous publications about assistive technology services.
  8. Joy Zabala, Ed.D., ATP, is a general and special educator who has worked with students, families, education agencies, and others across the USA and abroad for more than 25 years to expand the use of assistive technology.  She is the developer of the SETT Framework and currently serves as the Director of Technical Assistance for CAST and the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials.