Tara Rudnicki is an active advocate and champion for the rights of people with disabilities. With over 20 years of hands-on leadership in assistive technology, special education and accessibility, she has been critical in expanding education and access to these life-changing technologies. A highly visible name in the assistive technology, Ms. Rudnicki has extensive knowledge, expertise and friendships that have allowed her to best serve the collective needs of those with disabilities and allow them to live fuller, more independent lives.
Most recently, Ms. Rudnicki spearheaded an industry and community coalition to expand federal healthcare coverage for Speech Generating Devices (SGD) for those with communication and mobility impairments. Titled the Steve Gleason Act after the NFL player who now battles ALS, the act signed by President Obama in July 2015 protects access for those with ALS, Cerebral Palsy, Rett Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury. Ms. Rudnicki, at an unprecedented speed, garnered bipartisan support from over 160 members of Congress leading to passage of the act in just under fourteen months.
In addition to her current role of North American President of Tobii Dynavox, the global leader in communication and special education products for those with disabilities, Ms. Rudnicki has recently been elected President of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), where she has served over 10 years as an executive committee member, working collaboratively across the industry to expand education and best practices.