Synge Tyson

Research Associate
500 10th Street NW, Rm 323

Synge Tyson is a Research Associate at the Georgia Tech Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP). Her focus is on research concerning wireless devices and services impact on people with sensory disabilities, accessibility of emergency communications, and compliance with access rules. To that end, Synge is a member of the NENA Accessibility Committee, and several working groups, with objectives to improve the utility of current and next-generation 9-1-1 for people with disabilities. Synge is co-editor of the monthly policy newsletter, Technology and Disability Policy Highlights (TDPH). Synge’s background is diverse, having worked in the corporate arena, nonprofit sector, state and federal government. As a former direct service provider, she has an intimate understanding of the medical, psychological, and social aspects concerning people with disabilities. Synge has conducted disability etiquette and ADA compliance for transportation training and workshops. She has also presented at international conferences regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and inclusion of people with disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

M.A. Orientation and Mobility, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
B.A. Political Science, Minor: Psychology, Berry College, Mt. Berry, GA
A.A. History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Bainbridge College, Bainbridge, GA
Advanced Certificate, Paralegal, National Center for Paralegal Training (NCPT), Atlanta, GA

  • Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) through the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)

32nd Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability & Diversity – Presenter – 2016 - Employee, Supervisor, and Agency: Your role in the Reasonable Accommodation Process AND Accessibility and Universal Design: Pathway to Inclusion of People with Disabilities in STEM.

2015 Southeast Women in Computing Conference (SWIC) - Tech Talk Presenter - Accessibility: Pathway to Diversity and Inclusion of People with Disabilities in STEM.

29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) – Presenter – 2014 - Employee, Supervisor, and Agency: Your role in the Reasonable Accommodation Process

28th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) - (co-presenter) – 2013 - Environmental Learning with Audio/Tactile Maps

2012 - Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS) – GaRRS Interview for Department of Veterans Affairs regarding Advanced Low Vision and Blind Rehabilitation Programs and Services

27th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) - (co-presenter) – 2012 - Effective Travel Aids for Persons with Vision and Hearing Loss

30th Annual Perspectives on Employment of Persons with Disabilities Conference – 2011 VA Pre-Conference Presenter – C.A.R.E.: Communication, Attitude, Respect, and Engagement with Employees with Disabilities

26th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) - (co-presenter) – 2011 - The Viability of Creating an Accessible Curriculum in a Post-Secondary Institution

Rehabilitation Services for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury Conference - Presenter – 2010 - Strategies for Working with Veterans who Experience Traumatic Brain Injury

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) – Special Interest Group (SIGACCESS): Computer Human Interaction

National Emergency Numbers Association (NENA)

  • Accessibility Working Group
  • Emergency Notification Systems Working Group
  • Modalities Working Group

International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)

  • CPACCC - Certification

TAG – Technology Association of Georgia

AccessSTEM/AccessComputing – DO-IT – University of Washington

Alpha Kappa Mu (AKM)-National Academic Honor Society