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The Joy Zabala Fellowship

for Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials

Joy Smiley Zabala (1946-2021) was an inspiring leader, a gifted communicator, a passionate advocate, and a beloved friend. This 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 and/or accessible educational materials 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 as mentorship partners (one mentor & one mentee).

  • Apply as an individual either seeking 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 Joy Zabala Fellowship application process is currently closed for the upcoming year, but will open again in early 2023 for the 2023-2024 academic year!

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

The Joy Zabala Fellowship today!

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