Catherine “Cathy” Schmitt Whitaker, Ed.D.

Senior Accessibility Partnership Consultant

Cathy fosters partnerships between Tech for All and organizations striving to make a difference in the accessibility space through both research and the development of solutions to problems involving specialized, complex and emerging technologies. Combining her strong understanding of accessibility with her knowledge of the latest events in the accessibility legal landscape, Cathy guides organizations in accessibility and inclusion strategic planning and training.

Cathy has over 20 years of experience with accessible technology, strategic planning and training. She is an experienced manager, including in the healthcare industry. Cathy has collaborated in the creation, review, and implementation of accessibility related policies at the organization and system levels within higher education. Cathy has served on numerous advisory groups, including as a founding member of Cal Poly Pomona University’s Inclusive Excellence Council Executive Board and the California State University (CSU) Services to Students with Disabilities Advisory Committee. A Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), she actively conducts presentations and workshops for private, non-profit and educational organizations.

With an interdisciplinary background and a desire to make a difference, Cathy embraces a universal approach to design and collaboration with strategic partners. She believes the intersection of accessibility, diversity, and inclusion is at the heart of empowering individuals and organizations. Legally blind since birth, Cathy uses screen reader technology and is an active member of the disability community.

Cathy earned a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne, a Masters in Counseling from CSU at Fullerton, and a Bachelor’s in Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine.

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