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Applied Technology Workshop

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Applied Technology: Using Technology Supports to Achieve High-Quality Community Living

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Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Providence RI
March 22nd in Alger 110 and March 23rd in Student Union Ballroom
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This is the third in a series of statewide presentations to promote Person-Centered Thinking. Emerging technology has proven to be an effective support for increasing participation of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities across a variety of life domains. This is an opportunity to learn about applied technology and the role technology can play in supporting quality lives.


A high-quality community life provides opportunities for developing meaningful relationships, for becoming more self-determined, for expanding personal interests, for learning and personal growth, for employment, for health and wellness, and for supportive home living. New and emerging technologies can enhance community environments both to expand opportunities and to enhance skills and services. This training will discuss the Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access; will provide an overview of applied cognitive technologies and accessible technologies; and will demonstrate successful systems and programs that have applied innovations in technology to enhance quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.


Emily Shea Tanis, Associate Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
Laurie Dale, Senior Leader, Empowering Technology Ability Beyond
Marc J. Tassť, PhD, Director, Nisonger Center
Jana Rodriguez, Digital Trainer at BridgingApps
As well as other presenters from applied technology programs in several states.

Emily Shea Tanis, PhD
Emily Shea Tanis, PhD, is the Associate Director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disability works to catalyze and integrate advances in technology that promote the quality of life of people with cognitive disabilities and their families. She also serves as the Co-Principle Investigator for the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities Project of National Significance funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Laurie Dale
Laurie Dale is the Senior Leader of Assistive Technology Solutions at Ability Beyond. Her professional commitment to serving people with disabilities brought her to Ability Beyond 25 years ago, where she began her career as a rehabilitation specialist. Since then, Laurie has filled the roles of Information Systems Analyst, Information Systems Project Manager and Information Technology Manager overseeing the evolution of the agency's technology infrastructure and pioneering the use of assistive technology to improve the everyday lives of the people in Ability Beyond's care.

Marc J. Tassť, PhD
Marc J. Tassť, PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and is also the Director of Nisonger Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, at The Ohio State University. He is a licensed psychologist. Marc has more than 30 years of experience in conducting research and providing clinical services in the field of intellectual disability (ID), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and other related developmental disabilities (DD). His publications include more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and books in the area of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Recently, he has been working on a technology project examining the use and possible expansion of remote supports and other forms of technology support to promote independent living in adults with developmental disabilities.

Jana Rodriguez
Jana Rodriguez is a Digital Trainer at BridgingApps, a part of Easter Seals of Greater Houston. She delivered training at Apple as a "Creative" for nearly 10 years. Jana studied communication, technology, and emergency medicine through various programs. Jana is experienced with assisting seniors with technology with Apple. Jana's greatest passion is to guide those who may need more time and patience to learn. Jana is a proud veteran of the United States Army where she served as a combat medic in the Florida Army National Guard. Now as a veteran, it is an honor for Jana to reach out to veterans and their families with the services and programs that can improve their lives.


Space is limited. Use the online link below to register by March 15th. There is no fee to attend. A confirmation and parking pass will be issued upon registering.

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Rhode Island College*
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Voice: (401) 456-8072
TTY via RI Relay: 711 or (800)745-5555
Spanish via RI Relay: 711 or (866) 355-9241

*Specific room location at RI College will be provided upon confirmation.
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If you need a reasonable accommodation (ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate manner, etc.) to fully participate in an event, please make your request known when you register or contact Elaine Sollecito at the Sherlock Center.
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Elaine Sollecito:
TTY via RI Relay: 711 or (800) 745-5555
Spanish via RI Relay: 711 or (866) 355-9241

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