Amy S. Goldman Retires from Temple University

November 2016

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Co-Executive Director Amy S. Goldman Retires from Temple

Amy S. Goldman, the Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education, has announced her retirement from Temple University, but this certainly does not mark the end of her impressive career spanning more than forty years, many of which were spent at the University.

Amy's path began at the State University of New York College at Buffalo where she earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders. After earning her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Amy worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist and program director in Maine, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The focus of her career—since a working at a school for children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities—has been helping to provide people with severe disabilities with a way to communicate.

That work continued when Amy began work at Woodhaven Center in Philadelphia. "This was during the time when Woodhaven was directed by Temple University," Amy said. "So I've been associated with the university for nearly the entire the length of my professional life."

After a time with the Office of Education in the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Amy joined the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University to launch Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), a program which makes helps Pennsylvanians with disabilities learn about and acquire assistive technology.

"It was the perfect blend for my interests and expertise in both service and policy."

In the many years directing the program, PIAT has experienced remarkable growth. "I am particularly proud that PIAT has grown in its reputation as one of the leading Assistive Technology Act program in the United States." Among the many successful programs created under PIAT has been Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library, funded in part through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, serving thousands of Pennsylvanians over the past 20 years.

During her long association with Temple University, Amy has been a teacher. First as an adjunct instructor and then as a teaching assistant as she pursued doctoral studies in Special Education, Amy currently holds an associate professor appointment in the College of Education. "I think it's very important, personally as well as a core mission of the Institute, to influence the future leaders of our profession."

She has been a significant leader in her field, locally, nationally and internationally. Recent work has included consultation with UNESCO on accessible information and communication technology competencies for educators. She has also testified before the Federal Communications Commission regarding access to telecommunication for people with cognitive/intellectual disabilities and the American Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine about transition and students who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Some of her many appointments include co-coordinator for the AAC strand for the Assistive Technology Industry Association, facilitator for the Association of University Centers on Disability Special Interest Group on Technology, and past chair of the steering committee of ASHA's Special Interest Group on AAC. She served two terms on the Board of Examiners in Speech-Language and Hearing, and chaired this licensing body. She is currently Vice President of Finance for United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and past present of Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Amy is most proud, however, of current role representing ASHA on the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities, continuing her advocacy for individuals with complex communication needs.

Although Amy is retiring from Temple University, it certainly does not mean she has finished her career. However, she does hope to "slow down" by moving to a four-day-a-week position with the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs.

"My husband Karl, my two children and four grandchildren collectively doubt that I will be able to limit myself to four days a week based on my new responsibilities!" Amy will be one of three national technical assistance providers, supporting state AT Act programs in the eastern United States.

Amy is leaving the Institute on Disabilities as strong as ever and sees a bright future that leverages technology innovations and its position as a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service.

"I am confident that the Institute and its robust roster of programs related to technology for people with disabilities will continue to affect policy and practice, and to improve access to technology for Pennsylvanians with disabilities of all ages."

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