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The Joy Zabala Fellowship in Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials

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The Joy Zabala Fellowship in Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials celebrates the life and work of Joy Smiley Zabala, EdD, who had a substantial impact in her 40+ year career in promoting inclusion for learners with disabilities in K-12, postsecondary, and workforce settings.

Joy worked as a general educator, special educator, and leader of a statewide network. She also served as the principal investigator and director of several federally funded technical assistance centers supporting equity, inclusion, and access for individuals with disabilities. Read more about Joy’s work.

Help Support Joy's Legacy

Joy was a remarkable and much-loved professional, advocate, mentor, and colleague. To celebrate and ensure her legacy, please make your tax-deductible gift to the Joy Zabala Fellowship Fund today.

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Please make checks payable to:

CAST, Inc.
178 Albion St.
Suite 210
Wakefield, MA 01880

Please write Joy Zabala Fellowship Fund on your check.

Fellowship Applications

Joy Smiley Zabala (1946-2021) was an inspiring leader, a gifted communicator, a passionate advocate, and a beloved friend. This fellowship will support emerging, early career professionals who, in collaboration with a seasoned mentor, will a) strengthen their expertise and skills in services supporting assistive technology and/or accessible educational materials and b) share what they learn with the larger community of stakeholders. The focus of this fellowship is to expand and guide the provision of services of AT and/or AEM.

There are two ways to apply:

  • Apply as mentorship partners (one mentor & one mentee).
  • Apply as an individual either seeking or willing to provide mentoring. These individual applications will be included in a mentee/mentor pool, and a match may be considered from this mentor pool.

The expected time commitment of the fellowship supported partnership is the academic year of 2022-2023.

The application deadline for the first round of fellowships was March 15, 2022 and is now closed.

Congratulations to the 2022–2023 Joy Zabala Fellows!

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