USU’s Sachin Pavithran named to national board

Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) is a network member of the Association of University centers on Disability (AUCD).

Sachin Pavithran is the program director at Assistive Technology which is part of the CPD and he was recently named to the AUCD board of directors.

All three organizations are dedicated to serving people with disabilities, their families and communities.

“AUCD is an association where programs like ours join so that we can share ideas when it comes to practices on research for people with disabilities and also legislative efforts as it impacts people with disabilities nationally,” said Pavithran.

“It is a unifying place for all these ideas to be shared in order to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.”

As he serves on the AUCD board Pavithran said hopes to engage in a dialog to help bring equality to all people with disabilities.

“What often happens is you have people making decisions around the topic of disability and a lot of times the individual with the disability, the one that is impacted, is not at the table. I hope to help change that.”

Pavithran believes his experience at the Utah Assistive Technology program was a factor in his appointment to the AUCD board.

“I’m a person with a disability, I am blind, so assistive technology is something that is near and dear to me because I use it on a daily basis. Also I have been fortunate to be part of the conversation in our country and outside the US, on how to promote technology to improve quality of life for people with disabilities.”

Pavithran was born in India and raised in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates before he came to the United States at the age of 17 to pursue a higher education.

On a national level he was appointed by President Obama to the United States Access Board.

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