Mike is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional and the Director of the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center at Disability Rights New Jersey. Mike is the 2017 ISTE Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator. Mike is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter who was previously a trainer for California State University at Northridge (CSUN), providing practical and in-depth training to professionals interested in specializing in assistive technology. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College of New Jersey where he teaches courses for Masters level educators in Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Mike serves on both the CAST Accessible Educational Materials and Center on Inclusive Technology and Education Systems (CITES) Advisory Boards.
Mike believes in the power of professional networking. He is the founder of edcampAccess NJ, an unconference event focused on teacher led professional development opportunities focused on inclusion, special education and assistive technology. Mike is also active on Twitter (@mmatp) and co-moderates the weekly #ATchat Twitter chat which brings together an international group of practitioners to discuss issues and tools related to delivery of effective assistive technology services.
Dr. Friedlander is a school psychologist with expertise in the area of assistive technology. Dr. Friedlander has a passion for using all kinds of technology in his professional work. Dr. Friedlander has taught thousands of educators how to utilize the tools and methodologies of mind mapping to improve learning in the classroom. Dr. Friedlander is an Associate Professor of Education at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. where he coordinates Graduate Programs in Special Education and teaches graduate courses in assistive technology. He maintains a consulting and private practice in the area of assistive technology working with schools and parents to find innovative solutions to support student learning. Dr. Friedlander consults to many school districts in N.J. and is available for workshops, training and presentations.
He is the author of: Assistive Technology: What Every Educators Needs to Know and maintains a blog at http://assistivetek.blogspot.com. Dr. Friedlander is the subject matter expert in a recently released DVD: Assistive Technology: Powerful Solutions for Success which is distributed by National Professional Resources, Inc. and recently co-authored IPad™: Enhancing Learning & Communication for Students with Special Needs a laminated reference guide which is also available from National Professional Resources, Inc.