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Experience, Skills & Service

 
Martin Sweeney

My experience, expertise and community engagement have touched upon areas of child development, education, healthcare, communication, inclusion, transition and independent living. Along the way I have learned that for a tool to be meaningful it must be accessible, affordable and practical. To that end I have conducted and collaborated on over 200 Assistive Technology trainings and webinars.

Experience
Abilidez
ConsultantCurrent

Assistive Technology Consultanat

Center for Accessible Technology
AT Consultant2010-11

Subcontractor for the Center for Accessible Technology to develop and implement a statewide training program to promote Broadband awareness, access and adoption for people with disabilities and their families in California.

California AT Network
Managing Director2006-09

Managing Director of the California AT Network, a state resource dedicated to expanding the accessibility of tools, resources and technology that will help increase independence, improve personal productivity and enhance the quality of life for all Californians.

Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center
ATP Director1998-2005

Director of a community-based technology resource designed to identify and serve the assistive and technology needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Assistive Technology Project is a project of the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center located in Los Angeles, California.

Full Court Press
Editor/Designer1989-1998

Freelance design, editorial and production services for publications, marketing and print materials.

Writers Guild of America, West
Managing Editor1986-89

Managing editor of The Journal, a monthly publication of the Writers Guild of America, West for writers working in the motion picture, television and broadcast news industries.

Skills
Project Design & Development

Several years of experience designing and developing community assistive technology resources for people with disabilities and their families.

Public Relations & Marketing

Strong writing, editing and design skills; strong public speaking skills, has conducted more than 100 training workshops and webinars.

Technical

Experienced in a wide range of production software including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint; as well as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Also has experience with a range of social media and Learning Management System platforms including WizIQ, Elluminate, Moodle, Drupal, and WordPress.

Service

Over thirty years of service as an advocate, volunteer, activist, and member for a number of community-based organizations including :

City of Pasadena Accessibility & Disability Commission

Current chair of the City of Pasadena’s Accessibility & Disability Commission. Commission recommends policies, procedures, programs and legislation to promote and ensure the accessibility of the physical, work, social and cultural environments to all residents of Pasadena.

Zebreda Makes It Work!

Collaboration with a local AT advocate promoting the design and use of DIY low-tech AT solutions: www.zebredamakesitwork.com

DADA

A Regional Support Network For Fathers of Children with Special Needs; Founding and current member.

Tarjan Center at UCLA

A University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service; Community Advisory Committee.

Other Voices

A project of the Mark Taper Forum, Other Voices was a professional playwriting workshop for playwrights with disabilities; Advisory Board Member.

Unique People's Voting Project

A voter registration project to promote the full participation of people with disabilities; Community Volunteer.