[Athen] Memories of Norm Coombs

Hunziker, Dawn A - (hunziker) hunziker at arizona.edu
Fri Sep 17 07:59:17 PDT 2021

Hi all,

No, Norm has not passed away and I'm sorry if my message conveyed that idea. Norm has been a part of our AT and accessibility world for a long time and has had a lot of impact. ATHEN would like to recognize Norm's efforts over the years and present him with a recognition of his achievements during the ATHEN Annual meeting.

If anyone would like to share comments, please fill out our form (or send me an email) at https://forms.gle/RVaWTmGGfGp32vmN6 - these stories/memories will also be shared with Norm.

Thank you!


Dawn Hunziker
Assistant Director, Digital and Physical Access | Disability Resources
The University of Arizona | hunziker at arizona.edu
drc.arizona.edu | itaccessibility.arizona.edu

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When I read this I thought Norm had passed away. He hasn't.

Cheers, Karen

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I first meet Norm when he was a History professor with RIT at the CSUN conference. This was back in the 1990's. I moved out to California later and he became the head of Equal Access for Software for Instruction (EASI -- a spinoff from EDUCAUSE). In southern California there were a non-formal group meeting with Cal Pol Pomono, Cal State Fullerton, CSULA, and Cal State Long Beach having quarterly meetings. When Norm retire he came out to southern Cal, and we invited him to come give us updates on EASI. He, of course, wrote a book on assistive technology. We called our group even before he came out "West Coast EASI."

Norm was always learning and bring ideas to the group and EASI . We know that he provided great leadership to EASI, and he was a delight to have at our group meetings, which eventually expanded to most of the school in the SoCal area.

Phillip White
Accessibility Consultant
East Carolina University
Whiteph15 at ecu.edu

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