We are honored to have this amazing group helping to guide this project!

Our Advisory Team

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James Basham, Ph.D.

University of Kansas,

Department of Special Education/School of Education

James is the founder and CEO of the UDL-Implementation and Research Network (UDL-IRN), a globally recognized organization that supports scaled implementation and research related to UDL. As an organization, they collaborate with a wide-range of partners (including CAST) to support and promote the identification and development of models, tools, research, and practices designed to foster effective UDL implementation in educational environments. James is a researcher, publisher, professor and innovator who brings a wealth of knowledge and connections to our advisory group.

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Sue Hardin, M.A.

Macomb Intermediate School District/Instructional Technology Department, UDL Coordinator and AT Consultant

Sue is a passionate educational leader in her region around supporting UDL as an initiative. She currently serves on the UDL-IRN Board of Directors, and has organized and hosted two UDL-IRN Regional Events in Michigan (most recently the Great Lakes UDL Experience in 2018). Sue co-chaired the International UDL-IRN Summit for 3 years, and has served on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)’s Inclusive Learning Network. She is currently working on the UDL Associate Credential Project.

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Gayl Bowser, M.A.

Independent Consultant

Gayl has worked nationally and internationally in the fields of assistive technology and special education programming for many decades.She coordinated Oregon’s Technology Access Program (OTAP) as well as Regional and Statewide Services for Students with Orthopedic Impairments (RSOI). She is well-known as a facilitator and trainer (including a 5-year OSEP grant to develop and support an online community of practice focused on the needs of individuals with complex communication needs). Gayl is passionate about online networks and professional learning. She is active in the leadership for QIAT (the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology), and has written resources to support this work. Gayle has recently co-authored “Leading the Way to Excellence in AT Services: A Guide for School Administrators”, through CAST Publishing.

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Denise DeCoste, Ed.D.,OTR

Independent Consultant

Denise has been a practicing OT and AT Specialist for many years, and is the individual behind Montgomery County Public School’s highly recognized “High Incidence Assistive Technology” (HIAT) Program (a model for our program!). She chaired the State of Maryland’s UDL Taskforce that examined the effectiveness and feasibility of UDL across Maryland’s education systems (Link here for the report). Denise has served as a vice-chair of the UDL-IRN and is a national lecturer and consultant around UDL and AT. She is the author of two exemplary AT assessment tools “The Writing Protocol” and the “Protocol for Accommodations in Reading”, as well as “The Handbook of Augmentative and Alternative Communication”.

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Sarah Blackstone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Independent Consultant

Sarah is past President and a Fellow of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) and a founder and current Board member of USSAAC (US Chapter). She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health and is on the Board of The Bridge School. Sarah was President of Augmentative Communication Inc., where she wrote and published Augmentative Communication News and Alternatively Speaking. She was a partner in the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Communication Enhancement and Chief of Speech-Language Pathology, Kennedy Institute/Johns Hopkins Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In her consultant role, she has served as consultant for the Berkeley Unified School District and for many years facilitated their AAC team. Sarah led the American Speech Language and Hearing Association’s initial task force in developing guidelines and practices around AAC. Sarah is the co-author of Social Networks:  A Communication Inventory for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs and their Communication Partners (2012).

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Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D.

Director of Community-based Treatment Research and

Associate Director UC Davis MIND Institute/Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Aubyn conducts ongoing research

and supports community-based treatment

and research programs for the UC Davis MIND Institute. She is the principal investigator on several federal grants that involve multi-site, community

(including educational) collaborations.

Her work focuses on implementation science methods and the innovative use of research and community partnerships to adapt EBPs and develop training methods for providers to increase effectiveness of strategies. Aubyn is widely published and a frequent presenter at annual professional meetings in the field of services to children with autism. She is an editor of Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice. She is very involved in the autism community, participating in the California Best Practice Guidelines Committee and the National Standards projects, developing guidelines for autism treatment.