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The Joy Zabala Fellowship in Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials (CAST)


The Joy Zabala Fellowship in Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials celebrates the life and work of Joy Smiley Zabala, EdD, who had a substantial impact in her 40+ year career in promoting inclusion for learners with disabilities in K-12, postsecondary, and workforce settings.

The fellowship will support emerging, early career professionals who, in collaboration with a seasoned mentor, will a) strengthen their expertise and skills in the use of assistive technology and accessible materials and b) share what they learn with the larger community of stakeholders.

Joy worked as a general educator, special educator, and leader of a statewide network. She also served as the principal investigator and director of several federally funded technical assistance centers supporting equity, inclusion, and access for individuals with disabilities. Read more about Joy’s work.


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