CPD staff member sits on national AT board

August 29, 2011 by JoLynne Lyon

Sachin Pavithran

Sachin Pavithran is a new member of the Association of Assistive Technology Act Program Board. He will continue with his duties at the CPD in addition to serving with ATAP.

The association is a membership organization for Technology Act programs funded by the US Department of Education. Every state has its own AT program that exists to put assistive technology into the hands of people who need it. Assistive technology is any device—low- or high-tech—that makes independence easier.

Sachin has been heavily involved in assistive technology at the Center for Persons with Disabilities. He is the Assistive Technology Specialist and the Disability Law and Policy Coordinator at the CPD.

His term begins on October 1. He was elected by representatives of the assistive technology programs around the United States. One of his duties will be to do some legislative work to prepare for the reauthorization of the Assistive Technology Act.

The board also works to help programs share information, enter partnerships and keep abreast of issues related to assistive technology.