Accessibility Team for Assessments

To support the design of accessible products and services, the Assessments business has a dedicated accessibility team led by Jan McSorley, CPACC, VP of Accessibility for Psychometrics and Testing Services. The accessibility team provides three primary categories of service:

Accessibility Strategy & Education (ASE)

Director: Brent Bakken

The Accessibility Strategy & Education (ASE) team provides training about what accessibility is, how it improves products, how to address it strategically in daily operations, and how to integrate it into the development life cycle. The ASE team manages external accessibility consultative services, provides custom training, and coordinates and manages an annual Summer Accessibility Institute where Pearson employees are able to receive targeted training about disability and accessibility issues.

Accessibility Strategy and Education team members include:

  • Teenya Franklin: Accessible Documents Specialist
  • Corey Fauble: Senior Project Manager / Braille Production Specialist
  • Steve Noble: Senior Accessibility Instructional Designer

Accessibility & Accommodations (A&A)

Director: Chelsea Seeley, CPACC

The Accessibility and Accommodations (A&A) team provides a variety of consultative and technical services to promote the accessibility of the assessments Pearson develops and the systems and tools that are used to deliver content to our customers. The A&A team provides guidance on how to best support people who require assessment accommodations by sharing information on how accommodations can support a fair and equitable assessment experience.

Accessibility and Accommodations team members include:

  • Clare Rose, CPACC: Senior Technical Project Manager / Product Technical Liaison
  • Holly Woodruff: Senior Project Manager / Customer Engagement
  • Matt Robinson, Ed.S., CPACC: Accessibility Manager for Pearson VUE
  • Anthony Fernando, CPWA: Accessibility Quality Assurance Manager
  • Dan Brown: Senior Quality Assurance Engineer for Blindness Technologies for School Assessments
  • Desiree Sturdevant: Senior Quality Assurance Engineer for Blindness Technologies for VUE Assessments
  • Levon Spradlin: Accessibility Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Karen McRitchie, CPACC: Assistive Technology Specialist / Help Desk Liaison

Accessibility Research & Efficacy (ARE)

Director: Dr. Shari Butler, CPACC

The Accessibility Research and Efficacy (ARE) team provides current and relevant research to drive Pearson’s accessibility efforts to meet our efficacy goals and eliminate risk related to accessibility. The ARE team conducts annual usability studies, coordinates collaborative research projects with internal and external organizations, and maintains a repository of current research regarding access to information and fair and equitable testing for people with disabilities.

Accessibility Research and Efficacy team members include:

  • Julie Grisham, M.Ed., MATC, CPACC: Project Manager / Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist