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Luis F. Pérez

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Technical Assistance Specialist

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As a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, Luis promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students.

Prior to joining the AEM Center, Luis was an independent consultant focusing on mobile learning, UDL and assistive technology. He was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Educator in 2014. Luis is President-Elect of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. He also serves on the board of the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). 

In addition to his work in educational technology, Luis is an avid photographer whose work has been featured on Better Photography magazine, Business Insider, the New York Times Bits Blog and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Inspiration

Turn to the light. Light is important for me both as a photographer and as someone who is committed to social justice, which starts with finding the light in others. I was fortunate to have a number of mentors who supported me in making the difficult transition to new cultures when I first arrived in the U.S. from the Dominican Republic and later when I left home at a young age to attend boarding school. Without these educators, I would not be where I am today. They were my light and I hope to be the same for those I serve.

Interview with Christopher Hills at the 2014 Inclusive Technologies Conference

This video was edited by Christopher using just two head-mounted switches and the Switch Control accessibility feature on Apple devices. Christopher and I would go on to collaborate on an interactive book called Handsfree, available on the iBooks Store.

Education

Ph. D., Special Education, University of South Florida
M. Ed., Instructional Technology, University of South Florida
B.A., Political Science, Haverford College

Selected Publications

Perez, L. (2018). Learning on the Go (Skinny Book Series). Wakefield, MA: CAST.

Grant, K. & Perez, L. (2018). Dive into UDL: Immersive practices to develop expert learners. Eugene, OR: ISTE

Pérez, L., Gulley, A., and Prickett, L. (2016). Improving access to higher education with UDL and switch access technology: A case study. In M. Mills (Ed.), Empowering learners with mobile open-access learning initiatives, Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Pérez, L., Grant, K., and Dalton, E. (2016). Universal Design for Learning and online learning. In S. Bryans-Bongey and K. Graziano (Eds.). Online teaching: Issues, methods and best practices for K-12 educators. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.

Pérez, L. (2013). Mobile learning for all: Supporting accessibility with the iPad. Thousand Oaks, Cali- fornia: Corwin Press.

Pérez, L., and Bryant, E. (2013). Mobile Learning for All: Accessibility considerations for mobile peda- gogy. In D. McConatha, C. Penny, J. Schugar and D. Bolton (Eds.). Mobile pedagogy and per- spectives on teaching and learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

King, K., Pérez, L., Sterner, D., and Bryant, E. (2013). Proactive solutions for accessibility in higher education: Meeting governmental policy and legal demands through universal design. In B. Ran (Ed.), Contemporary Perspectives on technological innovation, management and policy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Dalton, E., Pérez, L., and Grant, K. (2016). SOOC: Addressing varied learning needs through online professional development and UDL. Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, 4. Available online at http://scholarworks.csun.edu/handle/10211.3/180099.

Caruana, V., Woodrow, K., and Pérez, L. (2015). Using the Learning Activities Survey to examine transformative learning experiences in two graduate teacher preparation courses. InSight: A journal of scholarly teaching. Volume 10.

Allsopp, D., Colucci, K., Doone, E., Pérez, L., Hohlfeld, T., and Bryant, E. (2012). Interactive whiteboard technology for students with disabilities: A yearlong exploratory study. Journal of Special Education Technology, 27(4).