The 2018 TechSummit

JUNE 15, 2018

9AM – 4PM

From tablet and phone apps to in-home remote support systems, this one-day event offers attendees a chance to learn about different kinds of technology available to support people with developmental disabilities who want more independence in their lives.

People with disabilities, their families, advocates, and professionals will hear from experts in the disability field from across the country. Advocates and family members will talk about the technology that has influenced their lives.

This event is $50 for professionals and free for adults with DD and family members.


For more information, contact:

Jordan B. Wagner
Coordinator, Technology Project
Tel: (614-688-3155)



Shea Tanis, PhD – State of the States in Technology Use

Technology is ubiquitous in the routines and rhythms of our American culture, however, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have not had adequate opportunities to engage meaningfully with technologies in their daily lives. Dr. Tanis will present on a variety of innovative solutions that service delivery systems and states across the nation are using to responding to this great need and forecast future trends in technology use by people with intellectual and






Allen Ray – Empowering Independence: How Enabling Technology Creates Outcomes

What’s your “Why” for using technology? Where do you start? The what, how, where and why in utilizing technology should be more about achieving a person’s success and less about “Final Rules”, monitoring, EVV or which shiny objects to use. Attendees will hear how families, providers and funders from across the country are taking uniquely different approaches in creating more efficient outcomes where a person lives, works and plays.





Director John Martin

Director John Martin will give a presentation during lunch about Ohio’s use of technology







Alice Brouhard – How readily available technologies have promoted a self-directed life

Alice as a confirmed “appaholic” will share how the use of an iPad, two apps and now Amazon Alexa has given her daughter Kara an opportunity to live a self-directed life.




Susan and Nate Johnston – A family’s experience with remote support

Susan Johnston and her son, Nate Johnston, will share their experience transitioning to remote support (also known as remote monitoring). The session will explore the ways that the service has promoted independence and increased privacy for Nate.




Devika Rao – Social Media and Building Community

This session will guide individuals on accessing social media, engaging with local organizations and building your communities. The session will also cover managing online personas while engaging with your favorite organizations, brands, and people.






Ali Rahimi – Smart Community Support

Learn about how Intelligent Assistive Technology developed by Medforall can provide higher degrees of autonomy to individuals with physical and cognitive disability, promoting independence and safety in the community. Ali will also discuss the many future applications of assistive technology in the expanding field of at home healthcare







Dan Davies – Travel support technologies for individuals with cognitive disabilities

This session will highlight new developments in travel support technologies for individuals with cognitive disabilities resulting from partnership between AbleLink Smart Living Technologies and the Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI), a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office. These emerging technologies are designed to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the area of independent community access and the use of public transportation. The latest advances in associated smart living technologies for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities will also be presented.



Joshua Every, PhD – The future of transportation

Full vehicle automation offers substantial promise through improvements in mobility and independence, but the timeline for availability of this technology remains to be seen. Additionally, various systems are available currently which are designed to augment the driver’s ability to control the vehicle, while stopping short of full automation. A discussion of current state of the art in driving automation and advanced driver assistance systems will be presented including a discussion of potential near and long term benefits.

Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris

409 Altair Parkway
Westerville, OH 43082

The Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris hotel is a brand new space near the Polaris Mall in Westerville, Ohio. The venue includes a large parking area on the West side of the hotel with direct access to the conference venue. Just a short drive to the Polaris shopping center (which boasts 190 national and local retail, dining and entertainment options) or the Tanger Outlet mall and walking distance to restaurants, parks, and the Westerville recreation center; the Polaris Renaissance Hotel offers a meeting space close to many activities.

Reserve your room before June 2nd to receive a discounted rate for attending the 2018 Techsummit. You may reserve a room at the discounted rate by selecting this link or calling 614-882-6800.

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