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Janet Peters

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Technical Assistance Specialist

Janet Peters is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES) at CAST. In her role, Janet works with the CITES team to help build the capacity of school districts to improve their collaboration and efficacy of Assistive Technology (AT) and Educational Technology (EdTech) systems.

Janet has been working with technology for people with disabilities in many capacities since 1994.  She is the former director of PACER Center’s Simon Technology Center, where she helped train teachers and families on the value of AT. She was most recently the Project Coordinator of Accessible Technology with the Great Lakes ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network. Janet has been a CAST Faculty Cadre member, a mentor for the state of Minnesota Department of Education’s UDL project, and worked with Minneapolis Public Schools to implement UDL in the classroom.

Notable projects include the Kids Included Through Technology Are Enriched (KITE), Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology for Post-Secondary Education (QIAT-PS), Punch-In a self-directed employment resource for young adults with disabilities, and the Accessible Technology Webinar series. In addition, Janet is a speaker at state and national conferences.

Inspiration

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

Dr. Seuss's The Lorax

Education

M.Ed., Learning Technologies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
B.A., Computer Science, Concordia College Moorhead
Certificate in Nonprofit Management, University of St. Thomas
Certificate in Assistive Technology, California State University Northridge

Selected Publications

Morgan, J. & Peters, J. “Virtual Reality in the Universal Design for Learning Classroom.” Closing the Gap January 2019 Published 29-33. Print.

Bowser, G. & Peters, J. “Quality Indicators for AT in Post-Secondary Education” Closing the Gap October 2016 Published 3-8. Print.

Ayres, B., Holland, R., Peters J. & Wilkinson, D. “QIAT-PS: Guiding Student Questions” Closing the Gap December 2010 Published 13-16. Print.