2016 ARPCT Member of the Year Award

Aaron McAnarney, Instructor for the School of Adaptive Computer Training (SACT) of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation, was recognized for his outstanding work providing computer training to adults and youth with disabilities in Wichita, Kansas.  During his 10 years of teaching, Aaron has taught 617 adults with disabilities.  Over 85% of students who attended his certification classes have achieved at least one Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification.

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Bob Shurden, SACT Director (left), Presents the 2015 ARPCT Member of the Year Award to Aaron McAnarney, SACT Instructor (right).

In 2008, the SACT began teaching a new program, Business Fundamentals for Youth. This program provides high school youth with disabilities the opportunity to achieve two high school credits and MOS certifications in both Word and Excel.  Aaron has been the sole instructor of every youth class since its inception, serving 232 high school students in 18 classes.  More than 85% of the youth have earned at least one MOS certification and more than half have achieved both Word and Excel credentials.  In 2015 alone, he taught 41 students in 5 youth classes. These students attended classes not only in a Wichita classroom, but also in a satellite classroom located 40 miles away.  Aaron teaches both classrooms simultaneously utilizing video conferencing technology present in each classroom.

Aaron receives many positive comments from students. For example, in a recent quality assurance survey one student wrote, “Upon entering this program I was in strong doubt of myself, but Aaron was understanding and encouraged me to try instead of making me feel inadequate. I really feel glad that I took this class with such an exceptionally great instructor.”