Presentation Slides


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.

TechSummit 2.0 is BIGGER and BETTER than last year’s event. With two tracks of breakout sessions, there won’t be any difficulty finding presentations of interest.

– Hear from families –

– Hear from and visit experts –

– Sample Technology to help support people with IDD – 


For more information, contact:

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



Matthew Kaufman, MD

CEO, Station MD


Media content: Photograph of Director Jeff Davis

Director Jeff Davis

Director, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities


Nara Abercrombie

Program Coordinator, RMS of Ohio Inc.

Eric Bell

Protective Service Representative, Adovocacy and Protective Services, Inc. (APSI)

Justin Blumhorst

Operations Leader, Capabilities

Carol and Howard Collins

Parents, Christopher Collins

Christopher Collins


Stacy Collins

Employment First & Community Life Lead, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Joshua Cook

Associate Director, Arc of Ohio

Julie Cummins

Director, Service and Support Administration – Marion County Board of Developmental Disabilities

William Darling, PhD

Director, AT Ohio

Julia Doyle

Self Advocate

Anita Gardner


Zach Haughawout

Director, STABLE Accounts

Allison Leedy

Service and Support Administrator, Hamilton County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Jennifer Meadows

Service and Support Administrator, Hamilton County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Susan Thompson

superintendent, Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Emma Woldum

Behavioral Support Specialist, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

Renee Wood

Self Advocate

Dustin Wright

Founder, Disability Cocoon




The Virtual Emergency Room

Matthew Kaufman, MD

Telemedicine technology, coupled with the proper medical expertise, can serve as a valuable solution for health care challenges faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). With its use in urgent and emergent episodic care, telemedicine has been shown to decrease ER utilization by up to 85% thereby improving quality of care, and avoiding a major source of destability.


Assistive Technology Across the Disability Spectrum

William Darling, PhD

Technology can often assist in supporting one’s needs. However, difficulty finding the right technology and using it well can be barriers to greater independence. In this session, hear from Dr. William Darling, an assistive technology expert. He will bring some of AT Ohio’s most popular technologies and describe how they might benefit someone with disabilities.

Behavioral Support Through Technology

Nara Abercrombis | Eric Bell | Anita Gardner | Casey Goleb | Ali Rahimi | Emma Woldum

Historically, as one’s negative, unsafe or risky behaviors increase, a common response is to introduce MORE staff and INCREASE staff time in the home and in the community. However, for many, additional supervision does not result in reducing behaviors. Is it possible that for some, REDUCING the physical presence of staff could play a part in reduction behaviors and increasing safety for themselves and others? In this presentation, hear from a couple of pioneering interdisciplinary teams, as they relay their experience reducing staff presence, by incorporating technology use in Individual Service Plans (ISP) for individuals with a history of behaviors.

Experience Based Insights: Gradual Change & Early Adoption

Chris Collins | Carol Collins | Howard Collins | Julia Doyle | Renee Wood

Individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members have unique concerns when considering support options for themselves or a loved one. Hear from self-advocates who use supportive technology (remote support and/or assistive technology) and their family members as they explain their experience with and approach to incorporate technology into their Individual Service Plan (ISP).

Our Tech Resource Oasis: Disability Cocoon & Arc of Ohio

Joshua Cook | Dustin Wright

Technology is creating possibilities that were not possible in the past.  So where do you go to find ideas, try before you buy, and continually learn?  In this session Joshua Cook and Dustin Wright will present multiple resources and services offer by The Arc Ohio and Disability Cocoon. Joshua and Dustin will describe solutions and resources offered by both organization in a “rapid fire” style.  Buckle up and take notes quickly.  You are sure to find multiple resources so you can become a “tech champ” for the people you support.

Technology Scaled to Size

Julie Cummins | Allison Leedy | Jen Meadows | Susan Thompson

A 1991 training manual published by International Business Machines (IBM) included the following statement: “For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.” Almost three decades later, nothing could be truer. With the use of technology, some activities that previously required the presence of another person providing supports or assurance can be accomplished independently by the person with disabilities for the first time. Madison, Marion, and Hamilton County Boards of Developmental Disabilities have had great success incorporating technology in the lives of those whom they serve. Whether your county is large or small, technology can be incorporated where you live, work, and play. Hear from technology champions from these counties to learn about the barriers they encountered and the strategies that were implemented in order to make technology use a success in their county.

Utilizing Technology That People Already Have at Work

Justin Blumhorst | Stacy Collins

Technology is becoming more prevalent in all forms of life. Direct Service Professionals and people with disabilities often have smartphones, tablets, and computers which they can use to better their lives. Participants can expect to learn ways that you can utilize technology and make it as usable as possible for both staff and people with disabilities. The session will focus on how technology can work for people in the workplace, but a lot of the solutions can also be used in other settings. Free resources and apps will be shared with real-life examples of how they were used.

TechSummit Archive

For last year’s session descriptions, presenter bios, and presentation slides, follow the link below.

2018 TechSummit: