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 team is structured as follows:

Cross-functional support

Accessibility Engineer: Jeff Bernier

Provides accessibility support and training for team members and other Pearson employees. Develops, enhances and maintains the team’s internal website to provide accessibility resources and training to Pearson employees, as well as a mechanism to request support from the Accessibility Team for Assessments. Provides accessibility support and training for team members and other Pearson employees. Develops, enhances and maintains the team’s internal website to provide accessibility resources and training to Pearson employees, as well as a mechanism to request support from the Accessibility Team for Assessments.

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 Materials Specialist
  • Corey Fauble: Senior Project Manager / Braille Production Specialist
  • Steve Noble: Senior Accessibility Instructional Designer
  • Kim Leno, Accessible Materials Specialist

Accessibility & Accommodations (A&A)

Director: Chelsea Seeley, CPACC

The Accessibility and Accommodations (AA) 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: Accessible Product Development Specialist / Product Development Advisor
  • Jennifer Ramirez: Senior Project Manager for Accessibility / Client Engagement
  • Andrea Swehosky: Senior Technical Project Manager / Product Technical Liaison
  • Matt Robinson, Ed.S., CPACC: Accessibility Manager / Candidate Escalations, Client Engagement
  • Anthony Fernando: Accessibility Quality Assurance Manager
  • Dan Brown: Senior Quality Assurance Engineer for Blindness Technologies
  • Desiree Sturdevant: Senior Quality Assurance Engineer for Blindness Technologies
  • Gail Perry: Accessibility Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Levon Spradlin: Accessibility Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Karen McRitchie: Senior Assistive Technology Specialist / Call Center 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

Cross-functional Support

Accessibility Engineer: Jeff Bernier