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'Project Resilience: Using Technology To Stay Connected During the Pandemic' On Access Utah

This special is part of UPR’s ongoing series Project Resilience. Project Resilience is made possible with support from the Utah State University Center for Persons With Disabilities.

Today we’ll feature a special program about how seniors and people with disabilities are using technology during the pandemic. From getting hooked up to the internet for the first time, to building community virtually to the hurdles and expanded opportunities of remote work. 

We’ll also talk to the special’s host and reporter Shoshannah Buxbaum. Later in the program we’ll hear from Sachin Pavithran. He recently started a new position as the executive director of the U.S. Access Board. He’s been working in the field of accessibility for people with disabilities for the past two decades.

Shoshannah Buxbaum is a freelance journalist based out of New Jersey. She’s a former intern for Utah Public Radio and recent graduate from the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in New York City. Before grad school she was a producer for NJTV News, New Jersey’s Public Television Station.


Sachin Pavithran just started a new role as the Executive Director of the U.S. Access Board, an independent federal agency that develops accessibility standards and guidelines for people with disabilities. Before that he spent two decades at Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. Most recently he was the Center’s policy director and the head of Utah’s Assistive Technology Program.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.