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University of Connecticut Assistive Technology Oral History Project

Nell Bailey

Date: November 17, 2010

At one point in her interview Nell said "My background is not in disability, it’s not in technology but I just happened into the field and it’s become a passion."

When you read her history I'm sure you'll agree Nell certainly has quite a background in disability and technology.

She started out as an assistant with a project having to do with the evaluation of state agencies for the blind and visually impaired.

At Edutech she was part of a project that provided technology information to teachers and administrators and how to use it to teach students with disabilities.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) became the lead agency for the Center for Special Education Technology and Nell played an important role in the Center.

The Technology Related Assistive for Individuals with Disabilities Act was passed in 1988. In 1989 RESNA received a national technical assistance grant and Nell joined the project in 1990, beginning as an associate and becoming director in 1992.

She left Tech Act in 2007 to become the Executive Director of RESNA and to this day continues in that position.

Snippet 1: "Tell us how you entered the disability field."

Snippet 2: "Tell us about your work at RESNA and the Tech Act."


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