Giancarlo Albelice, BA is a Case Manager for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. He specializes in mental health and trauma. While most of his work is with adults, he consults with agencies and organizations to support programming for school-aged individuals, and to provide training for families and professionals.
Sayard Bass has eight years of experience as an SLP, specializing in assistive technology and AAC, who provides services to high school students and transition aged students with a goal of building independence for their futures.
Meghan Broz is the supervising Speech Language Pathologist and ATP at Pathways, and adjunct faculty member at New England Institute of Technology.
Robert C. Bureau, M.Ed., CAGS, CCFE, CCFT is an inspiring keynote speaker, presenter, facilitator, researcher, faculty, consultant and coach on Compassion Fatigue Solutions and Resiliency (rising above significant life challenges). He has created and taught innovative courses at undergraduate, graduate and professional levels for thirty years. At the National Empowerment Center, he researched free or low-cost strategies for mental and emotional wellness, http://power2u.org. At Assumption College in Worcester, MA, he was Director of Online Graduate Studies and Faculty for the Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program (specializing in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Effective Uses of Assistive Technology in the Rehabilitation Counseling field), http://graduate.assumption.edu. He is certified as a Compassion Fatigue Educator/Therapist and is a Green Cross member, http://GreenCross.org. He serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Genesis Club (an internationally-respected leader in the mental health field), http://GenesisClub.org. He established Resiliency Solutions and is available for conferences, consulting, and coaching. His mission is to help people “Find Hope, Take Action and Feel Better”. To explore how he can help you, visit his website http://ResiliencySolutions.org.
Taryn Chrapkowski has fifteen plus years of experience in transition education and coordinating services for young adults ages 14 and up.
Carolann Cormier currently serves as an Education Specialist in Expert Solutions Division at the Capitol Region Education Council in Hartford, CT. Carolann has been with CREC since 1995. Carolann has worked for various public schools and the Department of Developmental Services. Since 1994 she has worked extensively in the field of assistive technology. In 2009, she began as an Adjunct Professor at University of St. Joseph’s in West Hartford. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University. Carolann co-wrote the workbook The Assistive Technology Guide to Maximize Learning for Students with Autism. Carolann earned her B.A. in both Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Psychology from George Washington University, her M.S. in Speech/Language Pathology from Boston University, and her Sixth Year Diploma in Special Education Technology from the University of Connecticut.
Linda K. Cullen, M.Ed, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist at South Coast Educational Collaborative. Her special interests include Augmentative Communication, Assistive Technology, and Professional Development. She enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with nonverbal students. Linda has presented in many school districts, at ATCNE, Closing the Gap and ATIA.
Brian Dennis, COTA/L, ATP has been a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant since 1998 and a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional since 2007. He is currently employed by Department Of Developmental Services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an Adaptive Equipment Designer.
Madalena DiCorpo, MS Ed AT is an Assistive Technology Consultant for South Coast Educational Collaborative with a background in Speech and Language. Madalena works with verbal and nonverbal children and young adults with moderate to severe/profound special needs. She has presented at ATCNE, Closing the Gap, ATIA and local venues.
Mike Dizio is a COTA and technology specialist at Pathways.
Jennifer Edge-Savage is an Assistive Technology Specialist and Associate Professor of Clinical Practice at Simmons College, Boston. She has been working in the field of Educational and Assistive Technology for 20 years, co-founding the SSEC Center for Assistive Technology in Hingham MA, exploring the corporate side of AT as the Director of Implementation Services for Kurzweil Educational Systems and IntelliTools. She has an active Assistive Technology practice in the Boston area, providing evaluations, consultations, and professional learning experiences. She has presented at National and International conferences including: ATIA, BETT, CTG, MassCUE, ATCNE, ISTE, CSUN, CEC, among others. She practices yoga and recently became a registered yoga teacher, now combining her passions for Assistive Technology and Yoga. She is the current President of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education(ISTE).
Elena Fader is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist at New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), an Oak Hill Center. She provides AAC consultations, and evaluations for individuals of all ages with complex communication needs and related disabilities. Elena also provides trainings and workshops to families, caregivers, and professionals to promote community awareness of technology to support communication and independence. She has extended her support beyond her immediate community by presenting at conferences at the local and national levels. Elena attended the University of Vermont (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.A., U.S. Dept. of Ed. Autism Spectrum Disorders Fellow). She obtained her AT Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is licensed by the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a current member of the ASHA Special Interest Group 12 for AAC.
Steve Famiglietti has been employed at the NEAT Center at Oak Hill for 12 years. His current title is Blind Services Vocational Manager. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and has worked in the field of assistive technology (AT) for 20 years. He delivers demonstrations and training of AT to individuals with visual impairments, as well as family members, educators, therapists, clinicians, and professionals. With a certification in screen reading and screen magnification supports, Steve has assessed individual need, promoted independence through assistive technology recommendations and provided trainings to those of all ages and abilities.
Nicole Feeney delivers demonstrations and training on the continuum of assistive technology devices and services to families, educators, therapists, clinicians, and professionals; including presentations at local and national technology conferences to promote community awareness. She also provides AT consultations and evaluations to individuals with disabilities of all ages. Nicole has spent many years teaching students with special needs in the classroom as well as helped them to develop and improve their skills through the use of assistive technology. She has provided ongoing support, mentoring, and guidance to her students while promoting innovative approaches for their employment, independent living and community needs. A Master’s Degree in Assistive Technology from Southern CT State University has also allowed her to provide professional development and assistance to educators in K–12 settings.
Lisa Fiano is an education specialist with the Capitol Region Education Council in Hartford, Connecticut. She is a certified special education teacher and has a sixth-year degree in Reading and Language Arts. She provides training and technical assistance to districts across Connecticut and the northeast in Literacy, Universal Design for Learning, Assistive Technology, Educational Benefit and Inclusion.
Sarah Fitta, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA, is a graduate of UMASS Amherst and has worked as a SLP for seven years. She has worked in public and specialized school settings. Sarah is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds an elementary education teaching certificate. She is currently participating in ASHA’s Leadership Development Program.
Kelly Fonner is a self-employed consultant in assistive technology and AAC. She is a Special Educator and has a Masters in Educational Technology with emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education. Since 1986 she has presented to schools, universities & families in 48states & internationally on augmentative communication, and access to literacy development.
Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, PhD, ATP is the Assistive Technology Specialist for RSU 21 in Kennebunk Maine. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England’s Graduate Programs in Online Learning, as well as the University of Maine at Farmington. Hillary is a nationally certified Assistive Technology Professional, providing consultation, training, and evaluation services to educational and other institutions in the areas of Assistive Technology, Accessible Educational Materials, and Universal Design for Learning. She has presented to educators across the country on a variety of topics, including accessibility, UDL, iPads and apps, and Chromebooks and apps. Prior to this position, she has served as an Intervention Specialist and Special Educator with 20 years of teaching experience. Hillary is most passionate about educating others about the importance of ensuring that the curriculum is accessible to all students first, rather than after it’s been developed. Hillary was awarded her Ph.D. in Education with distinction in March 2015, with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction that is centered around UDL. Her book, One Size Does Not Fit All: Equity, Access, PD, and UDL is available on Amazon, which illustrates how a one-hour training in Universal Design for Learning can lead to transfer of learning and improved lesson plans. Home is where her heart truly is-with her husband, son, and stepson in Saco, Maine.
Kevin Good, MA, ABD is the Coordinator of Assistive Technology Demonstration and Consultation Center and teaches in the Special Education program at UMF. His focus in special education has resulted in various experiences including teaching, research, advocacy, and consulting. Kevin’s primary teaching and research is on assistive technology (AT), inclusive education, teacher education, academic and behavioral instructional interventions, and best practices in instruction and technology use. He has presented to educators across the country on a variety of topics, including accessibility, writing instruction, computer-based graphic organizers, innovative technology uses in the classroom, inclusive education practices, and T-PAK. Additionally, he has served the field as an editorial assistant for Exceptional Children, one of the leading research publications on Special Education topics. Prior to his present position, Kevin was a fellow at George Mason University serving under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. Kevin has several years teaching experience at the k-12 level and has worked in higher education since pursuing his doctorate. Currently, Kevin is finalizing his dissertation, which focuses on technology use for improving the writing skills of students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Kelsey Hall, EdM, MS, CCC-SLP, CDP, AAC/AT Specialist is a certified Teacher of the Deaf (TOD), Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), and Certified Dyslexia Practitioner (CDP) through the International Dyslexia Association, as well as an AAC (Augmentative Communication) and AT (Assistive Technology) Specialist. Kelsey is currently the Assistive Technology Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and presents nationally regarding accessibility, assistive technologies, and supporting individuals who learn differently in the K-12 and post-secondary environments. For the last 12 years, she has held a variety of roles in public education as a TOD and SLP throughout New England with students Pre-K through 12th grade, as well as post-secondary. Kelsey has a particular skill, experience, and interest in working with and training professionals in accessibility (website, software, physical space, procurement), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and assistive technologies.
Nerissa Hall, PhD, CCC-SLP, ATP, co-founder of Commūnicāre, LLC, specializes in augmentative and alternative communication, assistive technology, telepractice, and tele-AAC. She received her doctorate from UMass-Amherst researching tele-AAC. She is an affiliate of ASHA’s AAC and Telepractice Special Interest Groups.
Dana Haxton is an occupational therapist with over 10 years’ experience working in the pediatric population.
Dr. Ray Heipp is currently the Senior Program Manager for Special Education at School Health. He has been working and supporting those with differing abilities since 1979 while holding many roles in the special education and general education areas. He firmly believes that every individual has an important role in this world and it is up to us to support them in that role.
Dan Herlihy has worked in the education field for over 35 years, from Wilderness Programs for at risk students, Special Education classrooms, Network Administrator, Assistive Technology Resource Specialist and currently providing AT training and professional development for schools and learning centers. He presents nationally and internationally and has written articles for national publications, books on technology integration and tools for access. His expertise is in taking diverse technologies, and connecting them together to provide solutions for access to the curriculum and communication of ideas and learning.
Elisabeth K. Hubbard is a staff attorney at the RI Disability Law Center, Rhode Island’s Protection and Advocacy Agency. RIDLC provides free legal services to individuals with disabilities, including assistance with appeals of denials of funding from Medicaid, Medicare, vocational rehabilitation and school districts.
Karen Jacobs, EdD, OT, OTR, CPE, FAOTA is a Clinical Professor and the Program Director of the on-line post professional doctorate in occupational therapy at Boston University. Dr. Jacobs is also the editor and founder of WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation and co-PI of Project Career.
Hillary Jellison, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP is an Augmentative Communication Specialist and Assistive Technology Practitioner. She is cofounder of Commūnicāre, LLC, a company specializing in augmentative and alternative communication and innovative therapeutic services. Hillary provides specialized consultation, intervention, and training services in the state of Massachusetts. Hillary is an affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Groups 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication; and 18, Telepractice.
Hillary Kleck is a parent advocate for children who are blind. Inspired by her daughter Madilyn, Hillary’s mission is to empower parents and educators through advocacy, braille education, and assistive technology instruction. She is the founder of SensorySun.org and iOS app developer of Exploring Braille with Madilyn & Ruff.
Alyssa Marinaccio, MEd, ATP is the Assistive Technology Coordinator for the Office of Disability Services at the University of Connecticut, previously the AT coordinator at Keene State College, as well as a consultant for AT for ED. Alyssa helps students to access post-secondary education through the use of various Assistive Technologies. Alyssa developed KSC’s ‘AT Web Resource’, a website specifically designed to give high school/college students a place to start with free/low cost AT, as well as co-developed CSD Tech: https://csd.uconn.edu/csdtech/. Both have become effective resources for institutions allowing students transitioning into college to hit the ground running with AT. Alyssa presents and trains locally and nationally.
Jamie Martin is an AT consultant, specializing in finding tech solutions for those with dyslexia. He works one-to-one with students and adults, trains teachers, and writes articles on assistive technology and dyslexia. He regularly gives presentations at educational conferences, including ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) and IDA (International Dyslexia Association).
Bryan Monesson-Olson, PhD is an expert in molecular biology and neuroscience. His passion is teaching in his role as a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts. Teaching undergraduates for the last 10 years, Bryan has developed a style of teaching which heavily emphasizes independent research and universal design. In his secondary role as Honors Program Director, for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department, Bryan helps coordinate research projects for students each semester. In addition to teaching on campus, Bryan also teaches online focusing on universal design for both on-campus and online teaching. His latest project is focused on creating a database of 3D models that students can print and explore molecular biology. Bryan works to bring technological innovation into the classroom, in a thoughtful way, while introducing students to neuroscience and molecular biology. Bryan can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimberly Mulcahy, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Consultant at South Coast Educational Collaborative providing services to children and young adults. Kimberly has special interests in the areas of AAC and Autism. She has presented locally, at ATCNE and at Closing the Gap.
Melissa Mulvey works for Cotting Consulting, an outreach program of Cotting School. She provides services to students and teams in local school districts. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Fitchburg State University in the Graduate and Continuing Education Department and has been teaching there part-time for many years in both traditional face-to-face classes and classes with online components. Melissa’s background as a speech-language pathologist brings a strong language foundation to her intervention with students and teams. Melissa developed and directs Talk2U AAC Enrichment Program, an opportunity at Cotting School for ‘tweens and teens who use AAC. Melissa is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, holds licenses with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Division of Professional Licensure, and is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional through the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America.
Amanda Nardone, OTS, CBIS is the Technology and Employment Coordinator for Project Career, a multisite interdisciplinary demonstration project designed to improve education and career outcomes for individuals with TBI in higher education. She is a part-time graduate student pursuing a Master’s in occupational therapy.
Sally Norton-Darr, MS, CCC-SLP, is currently an independent consultant for educational and assistive technology solutions who served for many years as an assistive technology trainer for Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia. Sally is also a nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Sally has worked in a variety of venues across the USA and abroad. She has presented internationally, regionally, and virtually to diverse audiences on a wide range of everyday to high-tech strategies, interventions, and solutions. Sally is a lifelong learner committed to the full spectrum of educational and assistive technology to provide practical solutions readily accessible to all learners. She is the co-author of several articles and the ISTE publication: The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools.
John F. O’Sullivan is a Librarian, an Assistive Technology Specialist and an author of five books on assistive/educational technology. He currently holds four certifications in education. He works for Chelmsford Public Schools. He has worked in the past as a Special Education Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist.
Leah Paliotta, MS, CCC-SLP is an SLP and Assistive Technology Consultant at South Coast Educational Collaborative. Her interests are in Augmentative Communication, Autism, and Transition. Leah works with teenagers and adults with moderate to severe/profound special needs. She has presented at ATCNE, Closing the Gap, ATIA and local venues.
Luis Pérez is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. In this role, he promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. He holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida. While at USF, he was on the staff for the Florida Center for Instructional Technology and developed Tech Ease for All, a collection of free assistive technology and web accessibility resources for educators. He was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009, and the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), of which he is President-Elect, named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator.
Diana Petschauer, MEd, ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, AT Consultant & founder of AT for Education, ATforED.com, and Access4Employment. Diana has over 20 years of experience in Assistive Technology & UDL, PreK-Grade 12, Post- Secondary & adult services. She presents and trains nationally & internationally. Diana is a faculty trainer for the Center on Technology and Disability (ctdinstitute.org) as well as ATinNH at the UNH Institute on Disability. She travels daily to provide AT Evaluations, Consultation, Training to students and adults as well as professional development for educators, professionals & families. Diana manages her multi-disciplinary team of expert consultants who travel daily throughout New England to provide AT & AAC evaluations, assessments, training (for students, staff and family), professional development workshops & webinars, online courses, consultation & accessibility services for students and adults to access education, the workplace & community. Follow AT for Education on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter @ATforEducation.
Lesley Quinn, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP is an Augmentative Communication Specialist and Assistive Technology Practitioner. Lesley is fluent in American Sign Language and Literacy Instruction for individuals with complex communication needs and how to address encoding and decoding for disordered speech output. Lesley is trained in mainstream literacy instruction, such as Orton Gillingham, LIPS, Lindamood Bell, with strengths in adaptive these tools for individuals with complex communication. She is a contractor of Commūnicāre, LLC, a company specializing in augmentative and alternative communication and innovative therapeutic services. Lesley provides specialized consultation, intervention, and training services in the state of Massachusetts.
Gary Rubin is Regional Territory Director at Texthelp. He has presented at many Edtech events throughout New England and beyond. Gary is honored to work with educators and administrators every day to help them evaluate, procure and implement Texthelp tools for their students. As a Texthelper, he has helped hundreds of districts and campuses become successful with the Texthelp suite of literacy and STEM tools.
Geri Schaffer is an educational consultant in the area of assistive technology for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit #15. She currently holds ASHA certification in speech-language pathology. As an educational consultant, Geri serves 24 school districts in the greater Harrisburg, PA area. She assists district and IU teams (including SLPs) to build capacity in the area of assistive technology.
Judith Schoonover, MEd, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA is an occupational therapist and former elementary school teacher. She is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) by RESNA and is a founding member of the Loudoun County Public Schools Assistive Technology Team. Judith has worked in schools for more than 42 years. She has authored articles and chapters and presented on the topics of school-based occupational therapy, transition, literacy, and assistive technology internationally. Currently, she represents AOTA on the National Joint Committee (NJC) for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities and participates in AOTA’s Transition and RtI Workgroups.
Aaron Shute has been an Assistive Technology Consultant specializing in AAC with Saltillo Corporation since 2010. He has a bachelors in English and Special Education from Salem State University. He’s worked in the disability services field and particularly users of AAC since he was 14.
Dennis Spencer, B.F.A. is the 3D Print Services Supervisor in the W.E.B Du Bois Library Digital Media Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He, with almost 15 years of digital media production experience, consults with and aids the campus body regarding video, audio, animation, 3D model, and 3D print production. As part of the Digital Media Lab team, he has fostered collaborations across the disciplines and facilitated workshops & demonstrations for on-campus to international learners. Dennis can be contacted at email@example.com .
Susan K. Lewis Stokes, MA, CCC-SLP has specialized in the area of ASD as both a speech/language pathologist and autism consultant/trainer for 30 years. She has presented at many state and national workshops/conferences, and frequently provides trainings and student support to various groups and school districts across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Mark Surabian has utilized AT & IT to directly serve the educational and vocational needs of thousands of individuals with disabilities for over 30 years. He operates ATHelp.org, a free AT support program, where he has served the needs of over 3000 children and adults with learning, communication, vision, and physical challenges.
Marc J. Tassé, PhD is the Director of The Ohio State Nisonger Center – UCEDD and is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry. He has more than 130 publications and 250 presentations in the area of intellectual and developmental disabilities. His clinical and research interests are in the area of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder. Marc is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), and International Association on the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Marc is also a past President of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Marc is PI on the Nisonger Center Technology Support and Evaluation project.
Kristopher Thompson is an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist at Oak Hill’s New England Assistive Technology (NEAT) Center in Hartford, CT. He has a degree in Computer Science and professional experience in Information Technology. He is responsible for the research and implementation of new technologies for The NEAT Center Smart Home. He also performs demonstrations, consultations, installations and training of smart technologies for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers.
Sarah Vogel, MEd, AT Specialist, has over 30 years’ experience as an educator working with students, their families, and their community supports to develop self-advocacy skills as well as the educational skills needed for independence. She has worked with many teams to develop individual programs for successful transition to post-secondary education and the workplace often using assistive technology in the process. Currently, in addition to consulting for ATforED she is working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. She helps her clients of all ages to develop self-advocacy skills as well as vocational skills needed to be successful in all environments.
Karen Waddill is the Director of Cotting Consulting at Cotting School. Cotting Consulting provides technology based assessment, intervention and training to educational programs in the Greater Boston Area. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, holds licenses with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Division of Professional Licensure, and is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional through the Rehabilitative Engineering Society of North America. In her current role, Karen balances her time between the administrative oversight of the program, maintaining a clinical caseload, and speaking engagements. In addition to her work at Cotting, Karen is a long-standing visiting instructor in the Graduate and Continue Education Department at Fitchburg State University.
Jordan Wagner works at The Ohio State University Nisonger Center as Project Coordinator for the Technology Support and Evaluation project. This project is made possible with funding from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Mary Kay Walch has assistive technology experience that spans several decades, with a focus on providing innovative assistive technology solutions for individuals with disabilities.
Stephen Yerardi, BA is an avid user of Assistive Technology as a Blind individual and uses AT daily to access employment and the community. He completed an internship at Perkins School for the Blind and was previously an Assistive Technology trainer for Carroll Center for the Blind. Stephen works as an AT expert consultant for AT for Education & Access4Employment. He received a Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology from UNH. He specializes in: Blind/Low Vision AT; accessibility testing and compliance; accessible textbooks and Braille technologies. In the community, Stephen is a leader as a Board member of the National Federation of the Blind of NH, Member of the Lion’s Club, and Liaison for the State Rehabilitation Council to State Independent Living Council.
Alicia Zeh-Dean, MS, OTR/L joined Cotting Consulting, an assistive technology outreach program of the Cotting School, in 2016. Prior to joining the team, Alicia worked as an occupational therapist in the public schools providing evaluations and treatment for students from age 3 to 5th grade. She has experience working with a diverse student population including students in a school based ASD program, a special education preschool program and as part of the evaluation team for students transitioning from early intervention to public school services. Alicia also has experience working with children from birth to age 22 in a variety of settings including hospital-based day school, residential school, inpatient child rehabilitation an outpatient treatment. She has experience working with young adults and adults using assistive technology to promote independence throughout their day at school and at home. Alicia received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University and her post graduate certificate in Assistive Technology from University of New Hampshire.