Date: February 6-7, 2020
Location: Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Niel Albero, CAST UDL Implementation Specialist.
Niel comes to CAST as an Implementation Specialist working with school-based teams to develop understanding around the UDL framework and customize their experience to their context. As an educator for 20 years Niel has worked in Special Education, Middle School Mathematics, and as an Instructional Coach. He is most passionate about engaging all learners and designing learning environments that reduce barriers for students.
Niel earned his masters in Reading at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT and C.A.G.S in Educational Leadership, American International College, Springfield, MA.
National Center for Accessible Educational Materials at CAST.
Prior to joining the AEM Center he was recognized as an Apple Distinquished Educator in 2009 and as a Google Certified Educator in 2014. Luis is President-Elect of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education, which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. He also serves on the board of the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology.
In addition to his work in educational technology, Luis is an avid photographer whose work has been featured on Better Photograpy magazine, Business Insider, the New York Times Bits Blog and Sydney Morning Herald.
Bridget Gilormini MST-SLP, ATP - Assistive Technology Specialist
Bridget is a speech-language pathologist and RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional. She earned her Bachelor and Master's Degree in Communication Disorders from UWRF. Bridget worked as a SLP with the Lakeville School District where she also led assistive technology intiatives in the district and was a member of the member of the MN Assistive Technology Leadership Team and started and hosted a South of the River AAC Support Group for parents.
Bridget went on to lead assistive technology projects and staff as Director of the Simon Technology Center at PACER Center, a non-profit parent advocacy center in Minnesota. In her role as a Director of the Simon Technology Center. Bridget ran the Technology to Improve Kids Educational Success (TIKES) Project, a five-year OSEP funded grant focusing onassistive technology for children ages birth-5. One of her strong interests in this project was teaching parents and professionals about the importance of early access to robust language for young children with communication disorders.
Bridget is passionate about helping others, especially those that don't have a voice. She believes in presuming competence and having high expectations.
Bridget will be offering multiple sectionals throughout the conference!
LeRoy Butler, Green Bay Packers
LeRoy spent his entire NFL career playing for the Green Bay Packers. He spent his childhood in Jacksonville, Florida challenged by physical problems that forced him to wear leg braces and use a wheelchair while undergoing therapy. LeRoy was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1990, won a Super Bowl Ring in 1996 in Super Bowl XXXI, was selected All-Pro 4 times, was named to the 1990's NFL All Decade Team, and inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2007. LeRoy Butler is credited with inventing the infamous 'Lambeau Leap'. LeRoy has authored the book, From Wheelchair to Lambeau Leap.