Special Needs Advocate

Arjan is driven to share the power of technology with people with special needs: blindness, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism, and more. He helped develop the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) in the 1980’s, co-founded the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), and helped pen The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the law that defines special education, in 2002.

AyudaTec. Arjan started the non-profit AyudaTec in 2007 to bring the benefits of assistive technology (AT) to the Latin American world, where he has traveled numerous times throughout his life. His work started in Guatemala (photo) and spread to a regional effort. For six years, AyudaTec hosted the most comprehensive web-based AT service in the Spanish language world, and organized summer workshops in South America.

Leadership Positions. He has served on various boards of directors and committees to promote the effective use of technology for people with disabilities:

2005 – 2009 Board of Directors, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
2004 – 2006 Accessible Technologies for All Students Committee, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
2004 – 2006 Global Policy Committee, Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
2002 – 2003 Advisory Board, National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI), American Institutes for Research
2001 – 2003 President, Board of Directors, Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
1998 – 2003 Board of Directors, Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
1997 – 2002 Board of Directors, Alliance for Technology Access

Arjan trains teachers in Mexico.