Martin Monson, Executive in Residence 2015

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Dr. Martin Monson joined APH as Executive in Residence from July to October, 2015. While at APH, Martin shared his expertise—particularly in the area of product development—and concentrated on issues surrounding braille and transition. When asked about his experience, Martin is quoted as saying, “The ability of APH to take suggestions from the field and then work with a group of consultants from around the country to develop a product to meet a need from the field is unparalleled.”

Monson’s Literature Review of Transition to College or University for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired: .PDF .docx

Executive in Residence

Being an Executive in Residence was an amazing experience! I’ve known APH for years, first as a consumer of its goods as a TVI, then more in depth as an Ex-officio Trustee for two different schools for the blind. I’ve always been impressed by APH and the products and services they offer to the field, but being an Executive in Residence has allowed me a look inside the company. I am now even more impressed with APH and have a deeper, richer appreciation for all the work that goes into developing and producing some truly excellent products for students and professionals to use.

My time at APH was spent working with some very wonderful project leaders. This is a truly dedicated group of people and each one is so knowledgeable in their respective area. I was able to spend time with several of them in two areas I have a passion for: Braille and Assistive Technology. The ability of APH to take suggestions from the field and then work with a group of consultants from around the country to develop a product to meet a need from the field is unparalleled. I was fortunate to be involved with the second edition of BOP and was a part of numerous technology meetings around some incredible assistive technology products coming out soon from APH.

In addition to working with others on their area of expertise, I was also able to work on an area that is especially near and dear to me- transition. While at APH I was able to delve into the data and research that has been collected around this area. As we all are aware, there is a large body of literature around this topic area. I refined my investigation into looking at just those students who were going to college and then looking at skills they could learn while still in high school to help address the challenges they may face in attending a postsecondary institution with the thought of developing ideas for product develop by APH. Two possible product ideas based on the literature review indicate there is a need for students to understand the workings of a 504 plan versus an IEP and to know how to operate in an asynchronous online learning environment. There are obviously many additional product development possibilities, but these two seem to encompass many of the areas where challenges arise.

Being an Executive in Residence was a great experience, and I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to take part in the experience.

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