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EDU030203: Town Hall on Future Technologies for Universal Design for Learning Curriculum


This Town Hall style workshop session will foster discussions through a scaffold to explore technologies, both educational and instructional, that are anticipated to impact future Universal Design for Learning models and delivery. These technologies include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), robotics, 3D printing, and location-based services. The presenters/facilitators will present a presentation framework and facilitate/lead discussions to help make connections between these technologies and UDL principles. Finally, the session will conclude by gathering and suggestions for needed changes to support more inclusive instructional design. An internet resource will be shared to demonstrate the outcomes of this session.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe one or more potential impacts of emerging technologies upon UDL design
Second Learning Objective: Identify three emerging technologies with direct impact upon their practice
Third Learning Objective: identify three or more constraints to embedding emerging technologies into practice

Primary Strand

Education and Learning

Secondary Strand

Mainstream & Web Accessible Technologies

Target Audience

  • Accessibility Professional
  • Administrators
  • AT Specialists
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Disability Services
  • Educators
  • Government/Non-Profit Agencies
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Rehab Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

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Primary Life Cycle Addressed


Content Area

Related Area

Course Schedule

This course was included in the ATIA 2021: AT Connected virtual event education program.

Continuing Education Credits

For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

ASHA CE Information: 
Recorded Session
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: March 2, 2021

ASHA Continuing Education Approved Provider
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs. (Intermediate level, Related area.)

This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:

For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.


David Banes

David Banes Access and Inclusion Services, Director


David Banes is Director of his company David Banes Access and Inclusion Services. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for developing services to ensure that people with a disability are digitally included, and in shaping the broad policy framework required to ensure and sustain this.

As a Consultant addressing all aspects of access and inclusion through disability, he is currently working a range of issues the Middle East, Africa and Europe and has a special interest in how access will be ensured as technology and our understanding of disability shifts.

Much of his work is designed to build capacity in emerging access ecosystems, supporting an end to end approach from awareness to policy, and from production of assistive technologies to approaches to training and development.

David seeks to support the emerging access ecosystem in different regions promoting cooperation between states and supports the development of assistive technology solutions and digital content that meet the needs of any user. Recent work has focused on the development of a framework for responding to disruptive innovation in the AT Industry, identify solutions to meeting the needs of refugees with a disability, consulting on the creation of a business case for public investment in assistive technology and supporting innovation and research to bring products and services to market.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
David Banes is director of David Banes Access and Inclusion Services and receives a salary for his role as a consultant.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No

Kirk Behnke, ATP

Behnke Consulting, LLC., Education and Technology Consultant


Kirk Behnke delivers professional development, technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding Assistive and Accessible Technologies, Accessible Educational Materials and Universal Design for Learning within the US and internationally. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom or presentation room.

He was employed at the Center on Disabilities team at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), where he developed and implemented the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” through the Tseng College of Extended Learning. This program was also adopted in Ireland as their national “Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications” program. Kirk has served in many capacities at CAST including Director of Professional Learning, Director of Technical Assistance at the Accessible Educational Materials National Center, and lead a national team to build the foundation for Universal Design for Learning Credential/Certification Initiative (UDL-CCI), specifically in development of the district certification process. Kirk currently works for the Prentke Romich Company as a Regional Representative for Eastern PA and Southern NJ.

Kirk holds a master’s degree in Education/Special Education from Temple University, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. Kirk currently holds a board position at “A Step Up Academy” in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I own and consult through my own Company, Behnke Consulting, LLC. and I work full-time as a consultant and employee-owned Prenke Romich Company.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship:  Yes
Volunteer board member for "A Step Up Academy" in Montgomery County, PA. There is no financial disclosure associate with this role.