Cynthia Rowland, PhD

Center for Persons with Disabilities
University Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Utah State University
6800 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-6800
Phone: 435-797-3381
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: April 10, 2018

Cynthia Rowland

Specialty Resource Contacts: Web Accessibility
Discipline(s): Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
Education/Special Education
Speech-Language Pathology
Web accessibility, universal design, technology mediated learning
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Web Accessibility, universal design, distance education, technology mediated learning, technology mediated intervention, digital inclusion, postsecondary policy, cognitive disabilities, electronic and information technology, international
Education: Early childhood special education, distance education, child development, communicative disorders, Speech language pathology, augmentative communication, adaptive assistive technology, international
Service: Web accessibility, international work


Dr. Rowland is the Associate Director at the Center for Persons with Disabilities. She directs projects that focus on digital accessibility across all sectors of society. She is the Executive Director of WebAIM (Keeping Web Accessibility In Mind) which offers training, technical assistance, and services to make the Web a more accessible place for individuals who have disabilities. She is also the Technology Director for the National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) which works to address issues of technology and disability through policy, research, training and technical assistance, as well as creation and dissemination of information

Although she demonstrates great technology interests, Dr. Rowland's professional background is as a speech and language pathologist and early childhood special educator. She has a BS degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, an MS in Communicative Disorders, and a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education. Prior to coming to the Center for Persons with Disabilities she worked in school districts and special centers for 8 years focusing on the communication skills of persons with severe disabilities as well as the development of infants and young children. In 1989 she shifted her career toward personnel preparation and development.

Her research interests include the effectiveness of (a) naturalistic teaching strategies, (b) augmentative and alternative communication, (c) technology-mediated learning and mentoring; and (d) Internet accessibility for all.