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Daniel Cochrane

Special Educator, Assistive Technology Specialist, Assistive Technology Unit

Clinical Instructor, Disability and Human Development

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By appointment


Daniel Cochrane, ATP, is a clinical instructor in the UIC Assistive Technology Certificate Program, teaching post-professional courses on assistive technology practice in the K12 school setting. He brings twenty years experience as a special educator and assistive technology specialist in an Illinois K12 public school district, including thirteen years as the districtwide assistive technology coordinator. Dan presents at national assistive technology conferences, including Closing the Gap, ATIA, and RESNA. Together with colleague Kelly Key, Dan created a nationally-recognized guide on using speech recognition as AT for writing. As chair of the RESNA Professional Standards Board, he was involved in rewriting the ATP exam. His research interests include AT process in schools, AT capacity-building, and the intersection of disability studies and assistive technology.

Leadership in the Profession

Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), Board of Directors, member (2018-2021)

Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), Professional Standards Board, Chair (2014-2017)

Notable Honors

2017 - Distinguished Service Award, Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

2013 - Achievement Award for Outstanding Personal and Professional Achievement, UIC College of Applied Health Sciences


Master of Science, Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education, National-Louis University, 2000