Student Award

Yasser Tamer Atef

The American University in Cairo (Egypt)

At only 21 Yasser Tamer is a strong disability advocate and researcher with a deep interest in exploring the interplay between disability and accessibility. His achievements in openness are less about resources and content and more as an active communicator in public online spaces. For example, Yasser participates in Twitter/X conversations related to disability not in a way that shames people like “shame on you for not putting alt text” but in a way that “calls people in not calling them out”. This advocacy helps truly move conversations forward.

In 2022 Yasser came as be a participant in Equity Unbound’s MYFest (mid year festival, the open professional development program) and joined many conversations. Building on this experience, in January, 2023 he became a co-facilitator of the IEH (Intentionally Equitable Hospitality) series at Equity Unbound. In this role he helped participants understand and notice what it would be like to design for and with a facilitator who is blind.

Yasser continued as a co-organizer of MYFest23 helping conceptualize it and supporting other facilitators and participants. His presence and contributions remind everyone of his capabilities and the challenges people may have towards three marginalized/minority groups in this context: undergraduate students (most others are educators or grad students), visually impaired, and Egyptian/Global South.

Currently Yasser is pursuing an undergraduate degree in English and Comparative Literature at the American University in Cairo.

Yasser has raised the level of awareness and understanding of accessibility in a most caring way and has grown quickly from a participant in the online programs of Equity Unbound to a facilitator and session leader.

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About Student Award

This award honors the outstanding endeavors of a student who has advocated for or benefitted academically from the use of open educational resources (OER). The award is presented to the student whose achievements may inspire others to pursue degree programs that utilize open resources and/or someone who played a prominent role in advocating successfully for the promotion and advancement of OER and open education.