Belinda Rudinger, Ed.D. '20
Dissertation Abstract: This mixed-methods study sought to examine the user experience of technology related to self-determination from the perspective of persons with visual impairments. Connections between assistive technology and self-determination theory’s (SDT) three basic needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness were explored (Deci & Ryan, 2002). The study was designed within the frameworks of post-phenomenology and positive technology, with a population of clients from Computers for the Blind, a non-profit organization that offered computers with screen reading and screen magnification software. The TENS-Interface, a recent SDT based instrument (Peters, Calvo, & Ryan, 2018), was administered, followed by qualitative interviews and observations called Technology Biographies (Blythe, Monk, & Park 2002). Findings showed evidence of some correlations and qualitative corroborations related to the user experience of technology related to self-determination. This study makes recommendations for further research and improvement in practices for serving persons with visual impairments. Full Publication: https://minds.wisconsin.edu/handle/1793/80185
M.Ed.: Special Education, Specializing in Autism Intervention & Behavior Analysis (University of North Texas)
Graduate Certificate: Education of Students with Visual Impairments (Stephen F. Austin)
B.A.: Literature (University of North Texas)
As a doctoral student in the field of educational sustainability and a teacher of students with visual impairments, Belinda Rudinger’s professional interests lie at the confluence between braille, assistive technology, and socio-ecological sustainability. From a strong sustainability standpoint, technology has the power to do both harm and good, and the discernment of how best to harness its power and influence involves both asking the right questions and evaluating options. She takes a systems analysis perspective and questions how technology can serve to facilitate empowerment, well-being, connection and community to develop a resilient society.
Professionally, Belinda teaches students with visual impairments and serves on the interdisciplinary Assistive Technology team for the Grand Prairie Independent School District. She is a member of the Bookshare Advisory Board and the Global Division Taskforce of the National Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER). Belinda presents regionally, statewide, and nationally on topics related to assistive technology and visual impairment, most recently at the Closing the Gap conference in Minneapolis, and the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) conference in Orlando. She was the co-investigator for a study, presentation, and upcoming publication on teaching assistive technology competencies to pre-service teachers.
In 2017, Belinda received the Sammie K. Rankin award from the Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (TAER), as an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to services for persons who are blind or visually impaired in Texas.