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for Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials


Fellowship Applications (2023-'24)

Joy Smiley Zabala (1946-2021) was an inspiring leader, a gifted communicator, a passionate advocate, and a beloved friend. The Joy Zabala Fellowship will support emerging, early career professionals who, in collaboration with a seasoned mentor, will a) strengthen their expertise and skills in services supporting assistive technology (AT)  and/or accessible educational materials (AEM) and b) share what they learn with the larger community of stakeholders. The focus of this fellowship is to expand and guide the provision of services of AT and/or AEM.

There are two ways to apply:

  • Apply together as mentorship partners (one mentor & one mentee).

  • Apply as an individual either seeking to be a mentee or willing to provide mentoring. These individual applications will be included in a mentee/mentor pool, and a match may be considered from this mentor pool.|

The expected time commitment of the fellowship supported partnership is the academic year of 2023-2024.

The application deadline for the first round of fellowships is March 15, 2023, 4 PM CT.

Mentor application is available (

Mentee application is available (

Celebrate and ensure Joy’s legacy, please make your tax-deductible gift to

The Joy Zabala Fellowship today!

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