Richard Jackson’s research investigates ways to optimize opportunities for all—specifically, how to make education more accessible for students with disabilities through the design of technology and new learning environments.
He began his tenure at the Lynch School in 1979, when his research focused on the development of mass transit accessibility standards and sonar sensory aids. More recently, his work in audio-supported reading has improved access to print materials for those with visual impairments.
Jackson is a member of the Perkins Education Advisory Committee for the Perkins School for the Blind and is an advisor to the Braille Literacy Advisory Council. He is also a senior research scientist at the Center for Applied Special Technology, a nonprofit that expands opportunities through universal design for learning, a framework that improves teaching and learning based on scientific insights. He has contributed to numerous books and journal articles.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs sponsored Jackson with the most prestigious training grant in Boston College history for his leadership in universal design for learning. He has conducted research for Apple and for the National Eye Institute, and he is the founder of the Association of Massachusetts Educators of Students with Vision Impairments.
Jackson, R. M. (2007). The Need for Progress Monitoring to Support the Participation of Students with Visual Disabilities in Standards-Based Reform.Washington, D.C.: National Center on Student Progress Monitoring, American Institutes of Research.