Kareem Dale, the special assistant to President Barack Obama on disability policy, told the educators and advocates at the National Center for Technology Innovation’s Tech Innovators conference, that ''technology, for me, is very personal.’'
Dale, who is blind, credits assistive technologies for helping him excel in high school, college, and law school. As the point person at the White House on these issues, he said the administration has set a foundation for technology and education to improve the lives of people with disabilities. He pointed to the $12.2 billion in federal stimulus funds targeted for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
''People with disabilities in the education arena are not going to be forgotten even when times are tough,’' he promised the audience.
The conference, titled “Educational Futures—Powered by Technology,” is being held here in Washington today and tomorrow. You can read the center’s blog on the event here, or follow the action on Twitter using #NCTI2009.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.