Exploring the Boundaries of Information Accessibility
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Thu
Karen Erickson, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, a Professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, and the David E. and Dolores “Dee” Yoder Distinguished Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Karen is a former teacher of students with significant disabilities. Her current research addresses literacy and communication assessment and instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Recent projects have focused on creating open-source professional development and implementation supports such as Project Core and Tar Heel Shared Reader. She is the co-developer of Tar Heel Reader, and open-source, online library of accessible books for beginning readers and the Minimized Text Complexity Guidelines created to support the development of easy-to-read health and disaster preparedness materials.