State AT Program Leadership Symposium
March 27 - March 29, 2017
SAVE THE DATE for ATAP’s 2017 AT Program Leadership Symposium on March 27 – March 29 that will be held at The Westin
in Crystal City, VA. The symposium will provide an opportunity to learn from and engage with federal policy makers,
invited presenters, and colleagues. There will also be a Hill briefing with Congressional staff and an ATAP membership
meeting. As the date approaches, ATAP will provide more information about the symposium and hotel logistics.
Register for the Symposium
(Registration Deadline: March 6, 2017)
ATAP Annual Hill Day
Every year in conjunction with ATAP’s Annual Leadership Symposium, the membership has an opportunity to spend a day on
Capitol Hill. The day begins with a Hill briefing where ATAP members hear directly from Hill staff who are working on
important policy issues of interest to members. Following this event, ATAP members meet with their state delegations
to share their message of the importance of State Assistive Technology programs and to inform and educate staff and
members about what their program is doing in their districts and states.
ATAP Annual Recognition Award
Beginning in 2015, ATAP initiated what has become an annual award to one Capitol Hill staffer that has worked to
help people with disabilities and/or the Assistive Technology Act directly. This award is given each year during
ATAP's annual day on Capitol Hill.
Check out ATAP's Annual Recognition Awards
2017 Conference Materials
A Special Thank you
2014 Special Thank You for Senator Harkin for sponsoring the original Tech Act and supporting it for 25 years.
View a video thank you for Senator Harkin
President Obama Names Members to the U.S. Access Board
President Barack Obama has appointed Shelley Siegel, FASID of Lake Worth, Florida to the U.S. Access Board. He also
reappointed Sachin Dev Pavithran of Logan, Utah.
In announcing these and other appointments, the President stated, "I am confident that these experienced and
hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service.
I look forward to working with them."
Siegel is the founder and president of Universal Design and Education Network, an interior design firm that specializes
in universal design in residential and commercial projects. She has also been consulting designer of the Siegel Design Group,
Inc. since 1972. Siegel is a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and a member of the Design Alliance
for Accessible Sustainable Environments. She previously served as a member of the Advisory Panel for the ASID National Universal
Design Program, the Florida Coordinating Council on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Florida Department of
Cultural Affairs ADA Advisory Board. She succeeds the late Michael Graves, FAIA as Board member.
Pavithran was appointed to the Access Board by the President in 2012 and completed a term as Board Chair in March. He
is Program Director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University's Center for Persons with
Disabilities. He previously served in a variety of other roles at the Center, including as Program Coordinator and Disability
Policy Analyst, and is an experienced disability policy consultant and provider of training on assistive technology and accessible
websites. He serves on the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs National Board, the Research and Development Committee
of the National Federation of the Blind, and the National Multicultural Council of the Association of University Centers for Disabilities.
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency that provides leadership in accessible design under the ADA and other
laws. The Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among Federal agencies and to directly represent the public,
particularly people with disabilities. Half of its members are representatives from most of the Federal departments, and the other
half is comprised of public members appointed by the President.
Shelley Siegel, FASID
Sachin Dev Pavithran
Reprinted From United States Access Board:
President Obama Names Board Members
2016 ATAP Conference
2016 ATAP Conference Materials