Ferrara named "Alum of the Year"

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Dr. Joseph Ferrara

Dr. Joseph Ferrara has been named the 2014 “Alum of the Year” by Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities.

Ferrara was a graduate research assistant from 1976-1978, did post-doctoral study in 1983-1984, and was an associate research professor from 1984-1991. He left the CPD for a position at the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University.

Ferrara retired from NDCPD in 2012 as associate director of development. He was also a faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education.

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CPD by the numbers

More than 2,300 messages were posted to the WebAIM discussion list in the last year, resulting in nearly 3.5 million distinct e-mails being distributed.

WebAIM celebrates 15 years of service

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A light-bulb moment at a conference in 1996 led to the creation of WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind), a project at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities that now offers guidance in accessible web design and development to users around the world.

Cyndi Rowland, the CPD’s associate director and executive director of WebAIM, said that in 1996, the CPD was one of the first five UCEDDs (University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) to have a web presence. As the chair of the web committee, she was presenting a poster at the annual AUCD (Association of University Centers on Disability) conference when a blind man approached her and began asking questions about her poster, the CPD’s web site, and if the site was accessible to him.

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