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S.01, Ep.01: Accessibility at CAST, The Early Years



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In part 1 of our three-part interview on The Accessible Learning Experience podcast, CAST co-founders David Rose and Skip Stahl look back to the early years of accessibility at CAST and the work that laid the foundation for a number of innovations that continue to shape the field of education today. This includes the development of the earliest electronic books to include accessibility supports, which were based on the lessons learned form CAST’s early work with learners with disabilities and the appropriately named “Pioneers” program. We also hear about the creation of the award-winning—and first of its kind—Bobby web accessibility checker. David explains how a meeting with Ron Mace, who coined the term universal design, led to the creation of Universal Design in Education, what we now know as Universal Design for Learning.


  • David Rose
    CAST Co-Founder & Chief Education Officer, Emeritus
  • Skip Stahl
    CAST Co-Founder & Senior Policy Analyst
  • Cynthia Curry
    CAST Director of Technical Assistance & Director of the National AEM Center


The contents of this podcast were developed under a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Education, #H327Z190004. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer: Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D.

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