[Athen] Information about Ron Stewart

Julie K Balassa jkb1200s at gmail.com
Fri Jun 9 17:05:26 PDT 2017

I’m beyond sad to hear this. Ron was one of the first people I met when I was an alt format newbie and I've learned a great deal from him during the past several years. His contribution to the field of alt format is immeasurable and will remain long after all of us have crossed over.

Julie K. Balassa, MA
CI and CT, Federal and State Court Certified
Alternate Format Specialist
White Feather Interpreting, LLC
jkb1200s at gmail.com <mailto:jkb1200s at gmail.com>
whitefeatherinterpreting at gmail.com <mailto:whitefeatherinterpreting at gmail.com>

> On Jun 9, 2017, at 7:26 PM, ATHEN President <athenpresident at gmail.com> wrote:


> Hello all,


> On behalf of the Executive Council at ATHEN, I am are saddened to inform our community about the health of one of our longtime members and leaders in the field of access technology.


> Ron Stewart, one of the founding members of ATHEN (Access Technology in Higher Education Network), a member of the Executive Board at AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability), and a life-long advocate for accessibility, has recently gone into hospice care with significant health complications.


> Should you decide to call or visit, please know that he is slipping in and out of awareness and may not remember all details. Any cards, letters, photos, or flowers would be welcome at the care facility (please make sure to label photos). Your voice, your presence, your thoughts and messages of love and support will all be welcome.


> Melanie Thornton and Wink Harner will be setting up a Caring Bridge page to help Ron’s family with funeral and legal costs. Contributions above actual costs will be directed to create a scholarship in Ron’s name. Details will follow with links to the Caring Bridge page as soon as possible.


> Please note that Ron no longer has a cell phone. You may use the care facility phone line to reach him. Here is his contact information:


> Ron Stewart

> c/o Jefferson Lodge

> 664 SE Jefferson Street

> Dallas OR 97338


> Phone: 503-623-8104



> Thank you for the support, encouragement, and love you can send his way.


> Yours truly,

> Sean Keegan and ATHEN Executive Council



> For more information, contact:

> Wink Harner

> Adaptive Technology Consulting & Training

> Alternative Text & Media Production

> The Foreign Type

> Cell: 480-984-0034

> foreigntype at gmail.com <mailto:foreigntype at gmail.com>

> winkharner1113 at gmail.com <mailto:winkharner1113 at gmail.com>



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