Ron Stewart, Champion of Print Impaired Students, Joins Dolphin

22nd Apr, 2006

Newark, New JerseyMarch 2006 - Dolphin is pleased to announce the appointment of Ron Stewart as VP of Operations.  Ron will oversee US operations for Dolphin and will be based in New Jersey.

Photo: Ron StewartFor many years Ron Stewart has been an internationally recognized expert on policy development and institutional change concerning technology, disabilities and adult education.  Ron was the developer and director of Oregon State University’s Technology Access Program, a program focusing on inclusive access to educational technology for adult learners with disabilities, which is now considered to be a national model. Ron was also the founding Director of the Northwest Center for Technology Access at OSU a regional resource center focused on the interactions between technology, adult education, and disability. During the years Ron worked in K-12, and institutional education his primary focus was in the area of high school completion and college preparation for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities, eventually taking on the role of Head Teacher for a self contained school for young adults.  Moving on to pursue a PhD in cognitive theory at Oregon State University, he has continued to be involved in K-12 education as a consultant, program evaluator and school board member. Ron will continue as the Technology Advisor to AHEAD, (Association on Higher Education and Disability) and President of ATHEN (Access Technologist Higher Education Network). In this capacity Ron is leading several initiatives focused on technology and adult education.

 “Ron’s main role when he joins Dolphin will be to develop the Dolphin DAISY transcription tools into the de-facto standard for transcription software in the education sector.  This is a time of seminal change for Dolphin and we wanted an empathic communicator to define the future and help DSS offices and SPED offices meet their regulatory responsibilities” said Noel Duffy Group MD. 

Steve Palmer, Group CEO added “We are delighted to have Ron join the Dolphin team, he is one of that rare breed who not only has an innate understanding of assistive technology but also has an in depth knowledge of higher education and K12, having served successfully in both sectors. Dolphin continues to build an empathic team of people who share its core values of openness and commitment to the Industry”.