How to Empower Students to Drive their Own Accessibility Needs

Presented by: Mark Surabian, Founder of / Brenda Bender

About the Webinar

It’s crushing to see a student with dyslexia “stuck” with remedial content when they’re capable of so much more. They carry the weight of their reading disability far beyond their reading instruction—and into their content area classwork which is often inaccessible.

What can you do to help?

This session will show you how to empower your students with dyslexia/dysgraphia (and other print disabilities) to take control of their own accessibility needs and thereby enhance their participation in classroom activities by:

  1. Helping students build their own toolkits (so they take ownership in their own success)
  2. Creating proactive and integrative interventions with assistive technologies to supplement remediation
  3. Learning to match tools with students’ unique learning styles
  4. Avoiding pitfalls when implementing accessibility tools with students

Ultimately, students need to be empowered to drive their own accessibility needs. Join Mark Surabian as he shares how by drawing from over 30 years of experience working with thousands of students.

Brenda Bender joins Mark to show specific AT supports for students with dyslexia and dysgraphia including Co:Writer® (Word Prediction and Voice Typing to get ideas unstuck and into writing) and Snap&Read™ (Text to Speech, PDF Annotation, Text Leveling, Study Tools/Highlighter to stay focused and organize assignments).

About the Presenter

Mark Surabian, Founder of

has utilized assistive and instructional technologies to serve the educational and vocational needs of thousands of individuals with disabilities for over 30 years, across five states, in both private and public school systems, residential and work facilities, and within home-based learning programs. He developed and presently operates, an assistive technology support program at the Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan, where he has offered free AT support to over 3800 children and adults with communication, vision, learning, and physical challenges. His new program,, provides free AT training to professionals at schools and agencies across the greater NYC area.

Brenda Bender

is a Senior Educational Support Specialist at Don Johnston Incorporated. For 20 years, Brenda has been working with districts and organizations to bring accessible learning tools to all students.