Our Mission

The mission of the San Diego Assistive Technology Center is to:

Support families in the critical role they play in helping their children reach their full potential by providing access to toys as learning tools.

Develop strategies, which assist individuals who are non-speaking to say what is on their mind without the need for interpretation or guessing by others.

Assist people who use AAC and their teams in developing a consistent means of communication; one that facilitates independence, learning and active participation in school, home, work and the community.

Train and support the community through a multitude of educational opportunities focusing on assertive technology. Our goal is to assist individuals to live as full and independent life as possible given the wealth of technology available on the market today.

Collaborate with a variety of people in the community to ensure that life-changing technology becomes accessible to those who need it most.

Click on a position for more information.

Joy Cole
Technology Programs Coordinator

Joy has been with United Cerebral Palsy since 1981. Joy worked in the adult day program and implemented the adult day program computer program until 1993. Joy worked with administrative staff members to develop and implement the UCP San Diego Assistive Technology Center program and services.

Joy currently is the Technology Programs Coordinator. She coordinates the software library, computer consultations and assists individuals, families and professionals in obtaining alternative computer access devices and software.

Bruce Fleming

AAC Program Coordinator

Bruce Fleming has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and graduate certificates in Technical Communication and Rehabilitation and Adaptive Technologies.

He has 20 years of experience working in the field, both at rehab technology centers and for developers and manufacturers of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, and has a keen understanding of the application of alternative access strategies and mounting AT devices to seating and mobility systems.

Susan Berkowitz
Speech-Language Pathologist

Susan Berkowitz has been a speech-language pathologist for 30 years, working primarily with students with autism and other developmental disabilities and language learning disabilities. As well as Master’s degrees in speech-pathology/audiology and education administration, Susan also has backgrounds in special education, psychology, and applied behavior analysis.

Susan has been working with augmentative and alternative communication for over 35 years. She has worked in public and private school settings, habilitation programs and residential settings.

Susan performs AAC evaluations for UCP’s SDATC and in her own private practice, and consults throughout Southern California.

Maiko Yoshida
Toy Library Coordinator

Maiko has been the UCP Toy Library Coordinator since June 2013. She has previously been a Personal Development Coach through UCP and was promoted to the Toy Library Coordinator position.

Maiko has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She has over 8 years of experience working with foster children where she was employed at New Alternatives, Inc. Maiko has had several different positions from a child care provider staff, rehabilitation specialist/case manager, to recreation coordinator. One of her main passions over the years has been to volunteer her time at an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico to implement and oversee a structured day program.

She is fluent in Japanese and is able to speak Spanish.

Mary Krieger
Associate Executive Director of Programs

Mary has been with United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County since 1981. Currently in the capacity of Associate Executive Director of Programs, she provides direction and oversight to fourteen UCP programs and services including the Assistive Technology Center that was established in 1996.

She has worked in the field of services to people with disabilities for over 30 years including program development, case management, advocacy, grant writing/management, community organization and independent living services delivery. She has a B.A. in Social Work from San Diego State University.