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Adonis Brown

Session C7

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Mr. Adonis Tovorris Brown, MBAA/OLD/HCA
DisABILITY Rights Activist/Advocate

Adonis Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree with Specializations in Organizational Leadership and Health Care Administration from Ashford University (AU).

Adonis has dedicated his life to the ideals of independent living, community inclusion, and socioeconomic and political empowerment of persons living with disabilities. He has served on the Durham N.C. Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities.  One of many great honors was to lead in the establishment of Durham's first MCPD Office/Disability Resource Center in City Hall

Adonis has held many leadership roles in the disability community. He was elected to the First In Families of North Carolina  Board of Directors; has served as a Council Member on the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities;  Elected a Board member of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities Conference in Sparks, Nevada and was a member of the National Self-Advocate Leadership Circle. He has served as President of the Association of Self-Advocates of North Carolina and is a past President of  The Arc of North Carolina Board of Directors.

He is the founder and sole-proprietor of EnVisioned Empowerment, LLC. He is the current Executive Director of Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council

Allyson Hensley

Session F6

Allyson Hensley has experience as a classroom teacher, media specialist and most recently serves on the district level to assist with embedding educational technology seamlessly into curriculum and engaging instruction.  She has presented in several venues.

Amanda Bracken

Session F2

Amanda Bracken

Amanda is an Audiologist at the Missouri Ear, Nose & Throat Center

Amber Cheek

Session C2

Amber Cheek

As the Director of Accessibility and ADA, Amber works to ensure the full inclusion of persons with disabilities at Mizzou. She assists HR with arranging workplace accommodations for faculty and staff with disabilities, and manages all other ADA Compliance areas. Amber came to Mizzou from the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC, where she was a Presidential Management Fellow. Amber also has experience working at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law.

Andrea Breier

Session D5

Andrea Breier

Andrea Breier is a lifetime advocate for people who are either blind or have low vision. She has taught the use of assistive devices and software with job accommodations throughout the state of Missouri.

She graduated from the Kansas School for the Blind and earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Friends University. She taught computer and adaptive technology skills for more than 15 years, and worked for 10 years as a communication skills instructor with the Rehabilitation Institute’s Center for Blindness and Low Vision program.

She has worked with Guide Dogs for the Blind and user organizations promoting understanding of service animals.  She participated in the Dining and Dialogue in the Dark exhibits and has been an Adventure Fitness outdoor program for blind and visually-impaired children and youth.  She once provided technical support to Hollywood legend Ben Vereen as he prepared for a film role.

She is the mother of two beautiful grown daughters, and 3 super star grand children.   Her husband Michael enjoy camping, gardening, and attending tractor shows.

Andrea Rabenold

Session E3

Andrea Rabenold

Andrea Rabenold is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist with Forbes AAC.  Andrea previously served as a member of the Augmentative Communication Team at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and founded a private practice focused on early intervention for children with communication disorders.

Andrea is passionate about developing and implementing AAC solutions for individuals with complex communication needs. She works in close collaboration with clients, caregivers and therapy teams to create systems that enable individuals with disabilities to participate actively in all aspects of their lives.

 

Anita Campbell

Session B6

Anita Campbell

Anita Campbell is an assistant teaching professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of Physical Therapy. Her areas of clinical expertise include neurological rehabilitation and seating and positioning.  She is an ABPTS Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional.  She has worked in advanced seating and positioning for over 10 years and continues to consult and practice in the outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation settings.

Becky Dumsky

Session E5

Becky Dumsky is the activities of daily living instructor in the vocational rehabilitation services at Alphapointe in Kansas City.  She also works in the Senior Low Vision Services at Alphapointe, completing home visits for individuals with vision loss and/or blindness.  She loves witnessing the increase of confidence clients/patients have when realizing they are capable of doing more than originally thought after vision loss or blindness; especially after learning alternative techniques and/or using adaptive technology to complete tasks.

Betsy Clifford

Session D3

Betsy Clifford

Betsy completed her undergraduate and graduate coursework at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, where she earned a Masters of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology.  After graduating in May 2010, Betsy worked as a speech language pathologist in a pediatric outpatient clinic, rehabilitation and long term care setting, and an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) school.  Working in these settings gave her a range of experiences with individuals using augmentative alternative communication (AAC) across the life span. Betsy began working as a consultant for Saltillo Corporation in February of 2015. She provides trainings for teams in Western Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, as well as development of  implementation materials and presentations for Saltillo.

Brenda Whitlock

Sessions A5, D5, E6

Brenda Whitlock

Brenda Whitlock has been with Missouri Assistive Technology since 2001.  She has 25 years experience in serving people with various disabilities, including program coordination, case management, residential and employment services.  She graduated with honors from Baylor University.  She enjoys working with the DeafBlind community and received the 2017 Bernie Bodine award for the difference she has made to the Kansas City DeafBlind community.  She currently manages the TAP for Internet program and Missouri’s iCanConnect program for people with combined vision and hearing loss.

Cathy Fortney

Session C1

Cathy Fortney

Cathy Fortney has been an Occupational Therapist (OT) for 24 years.  In her 20 years at the Francis Howell School District, she has been an OT, OT/PT Coordinator, AT Facilitator, and the ADA Compliance Officer.  She is happily married for 24 years and has 2 amazing teenage daughters.

Chris Rose
Session D5

Chris Rose

Chris Rose is a Missouri resident. Chris is Blind and has been working in the adaptive technology field for eight years. He is a user of assistive technology He works with the deaf blind community as a trainer for Tap-I; iCanConnect Program; Gateway for the Blind and is a Missouri sales rep for NanoPac.

DJ Butcher
Session B5

DJ Butcher is a Blindness Skills Specialist at Missouri State University. She is a certified teacher of the visually impaired and a certified orientation and mobility specialist. She is interested in assistive technology. DJ completed the VITALL Outreach workshop courses in Assistive Technology at Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Ashley Krause

Session F6

Dr. Ashley Krause

Dr. Ashley Krause has served in many roles from classroom teacher to assistant principal to director of special services.  She presently serves the Farmington School district as Associate Superintendent.  She has served in roles on the Missouri DESE SEAP committee, Missouri Central Office Administrators committee member, and MOCASE, as professional development chair, and presenter.

Emily Hawks

Session A3

Emily Hawks

Emily Hawks, M.S., CCC-SLP works within an experienced team in the Adaptive Computer & Communication Technology Program at Ability KC.  The ACCT Program provides services to individuals of all ages and diagnoses to help them learn how to use assistive technology tools for everyday needs in their home, work, school and community.

Erin Brown

Session A3

Erin Brown

Erin Brown, OTR, ATP works within an experienced team in the Adaptive Computer & Communication Technology Program at Ability KC.  The ACCT Program provides services to individuals of all ages and diagnoses to help them learn how to use assistive technology tools for everyday needs in their home, work, school and community.

Ian Shadrick

Session B2

Ian Shadrick Ed.D.(c) CVRT, CRC is the program manager for statewide transition and children’s services for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. His experience includes work across age spectrums from early childhood through older adults, with particular focuses on transition age students, provision of low vision services, access technology, pre-employment skills, and Deaf-blindness. He holds degrees and certification as a vision rehabilitation therapist and rehabilitation counselor, a degree in orientation & mobility and will defend his doctoral dissertation in the spring of 2018.

Jamie Martin

Session A1

Jamie Martin

Jamie Martin is an assistive technology consultant, specializing in finding AT solutions for students and adults with dyslexia. During his many years in education, he was an Orton-Gillingham language tutor before getting immersed in the world of assistive technology. He now 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). He is also an expert consultant for Understood.org, a leading website for learning and attention issues.

Jason Duewel

Session B7

Jason Duewel

Jason is a third generation family member of Doctor’s Equipment and serves as their General Manager. They have been in business since 1946, with the Duewel family owning the business since 1957. Jason’s credential’s speak for themselves. He is a Physical Therapy Assistant, Assistive Technology Professional, Certified Rehabilitation Technology Specialist and Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Doctors Equipment provides services for complex rehab wheelchairs/seating,  ADL's, wound/skin care, patient transfer systems, and build from the ground up Universal Design homes. He has been serving consumers for 20 years.

Jennifer Nigro

Session D6

Jennifer Nigro is the Coordinator of Volunteers for the Audio-Reader Network. In addition to supervising over 450 volunteers, she has been instrumental in expanding access to Audio Description in Kansas and Missouri

Jessi Troester

Session C5

Jessica Troester 2018

Jessi Troester is the manager of Rehabilitation Services at Alphapointe in Kansas City. She has worked in the field of special education for 8 years, and in the field of vision loss for 6 years.

Jessica Hall

Session B5

Jessica Hall is a Blindness Skills Specialist at Truman State University.  She has a masters degree from Missouri State University in visual impairment and is a certified orientation and mobility specialist. She has worked as a teacher of the visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialist as well as the coordinator of MOSPIN.

Jim Fettgather

Session E5

Jim Fettgather has been a technology instructor for Alphapointe in Kansas City for 23 years.  During this time, he has observed, followed and taught many different aspects of adaptive hardware and software to hundreds of individuals.  He is now very excited about the fact that an individual with a visual disability can purchase any computer and use it immediately without dependence on expensive third party software.

John Effinger

Session E6

John Effinger

John Effinger is a speech pathologist with over 25+ years of assistive technology experience in schools and the private sector. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the selection and implementation of technology that supports reading, writing and communication. 

Jonathan Whiting

Sessions B4, C4

Jonathan Whiting 2018

Jonathan Whiting is the Director of Training and Evaluation at WebAIM, based at Utah State University. His main passion is helping others learn to make the web more accessible to people with disabilities. Jonathan is also currently involved in the GOALS Project, a program to assist institutions of Higher Education in improving their accessibility system-wide. With a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology and over thirteen years of experience in the field of web accessibility, Jonathan has published dozens of articles, tutorials, and other instructional resources. He has traveled extensively to train thousands of web developers and other professionals who develop or maintain web content.

Judy Bumpus

Session A2

Judy Bumpus

Judy Bumpus is the owner of Bloom Business Consulting and has over 20 years of experience assisting entrepreneurs in starting and growing businesses.  Ms. Bumpus has worked with people of various social and economic backgrounds including refugees and non-English speakers. She has worked with both Missouri and Kansas Departments of Rehabilitation for over 10 years assisting their consumers in developing business plans and in managing businesses.

Julie Brinkhoff

Session E4

Julie Brinkhoff

Julie Brinkhoff is the Associate Director of Programs and Projects at the Great Plains ADA Center. The Great Plains ADA Center is one of ten regional centers that provide technical assistance, training and information on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Julie has provided trainings and developed materials on a variety of subjects related to the ADA including web design and accessible websites. 

Julie Ituarte

Session B5

Julie Ituarte is a Blindness Skills Specialist at Missouri State University. She has a master’s degree from the University of Arizona in visual impairment and orientation and mobility. She has worked in the field of visual impairment serving children and adults for over 20 years. 

Kate Dougherty

Session E1

Kate Dougherty

Kate Dougherty is a proud wife & M-O-M of 4 children (2 biologically original, 1 which ROCKS his extra chromosome, & 2 non-biologically shared).  She presents nationally on technology in education and educational philosophy and technology integration.  She is the President & Founder of Down Country and Co-Host of #Every1 talking about #EveryThing on WGEM NewsTalk 105.1FM a show created to raise awareness for outside the box educational, medical, and technology practices and philosophy, as well as, to raise awareness for individuals of ALL abilities.  Kate has background in the brokerage/marketing industry, holds a B.A. in History/Political Science & a lifetime teaching certificate for grades 9-12 in Social Science, Communication Arts & Speech/Theater.  Additionally, Kate Dougherty serves on the board of the National Down Syndrome Congress.

Kathy Lalk

Session C3

Kathy Lalk

Kathy has been an assistive technology specialist for 20 years, supporting students, staff and families and consumers.  Working in a variety of settings, she has assisted teams with consideration, assessment and implementation of assistive technology tools.  Kathy has presented on the local and national level as well as offering professional development to teachers, therapists, para-educators, and parents. Kathy has currently co-authored Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services.

Katie Stuhlsatz

Session C3

Katie Stuhlsatz

Katie is an occupational therapist who has specialized in assistive technology for the last 17 years. Katie has experience supporting students with the most complex bodies who require assistive technology in order to communicate, move, participate in the curriculum, and demonstrate knowledge. She has worked within a variety of settings including early intervention, private and public schools, hospitals, and assistive technology evaluation centers. In addition, Katie has presented on the local and national level as well as offering professional development to teachers, therapists, para-educators, and parents.

Kevin Hollinger

Session C1

Kevin Hollinger

Kevin Hollinger has been working as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Orientation & Mobility Specialist in the Francis Howell School District for nearly 20 years. Kevin has been the Director of the S.O.A.R. summer program through the Lighthouse for the Blind- St. Louis for the past 11 years.

Kevin Lanahan

Session F4

Kevin Lanahan

Has worked for the state of Missouri since 1994, first at the Department of Insurance and, since 2004, at the Department of Conservation. He has been working on websites since 1996, when someone said "Hey, he likes computers. See if he'll build a website."

Kevin has been working with website accessibility since Section 508 was a baby. He's a member of the Mid-MO A11y Meet-up group and tries to be a nice guy.

Kristal Birkbigler-Friese

Session A6

Kristal has been working for SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence, Inc. since 1998, and began working in Assistive Technology Department in 2000. Kristal currently coordinates Assistive Technology and Home Modification programs at SADI with the assistance of Pam Barton. Kristal has a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Murray State University. Kristal is married, has one child and two dogs.

Lainie Strange

Session D4

Lainie Strange

Lainie Strange is a Web Developer/Web Accessibility Coordinator for the State of Missouri – ITSD Web Team. Her job includes technical web support for both the MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education websites. Early on in her IT career, she became involved in state web accessibility collaboration efforts across various agency web teams. After becoming familiar with JAWS screen reader through Missouri Assistive Technology and expanding her knowledge of web accessibility techniques and law, she evolved into the web accessibility go-to person on the ITSD web team. Her position involves web accessibility testing, technical support and education.

Laura Hayes

Session C3

Laura has been an augmentative communication facilitator for two years for Special School District with additional augmentative communication experience for five years prior at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital. She received a master’s of science and communication disorders from University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor’s of arts from Truman State University. Laura has presented at both the local and national level and offers professional development to teachers, therapists, para-educators, and parents.

Lindsey Frohn

Session B3

Lindsey Frohn

Lindsey Frohn is a speech-language pathologist receiving her master’s from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She has 7 years clinical experience at a rehabilitation working with a pediatric population where she especially enjoyed working with AAC users.  Currently she is a training and implementation specialist with Tobii Dynavox.

Lori Kesinger

Session D6

Lori Kesinger is the Outreach Coordinator and Listener Liaison for the Audio-Reader Network. With over 30 years experience in the field of audio information, she is an expert and past and future trends in the industry.

Matt Chegwidden

Session B6

Matt Chegwidden

Matt has worked as an ATP for Numotion since 2003. Prior to 2003 he worked as an Occupational Therapist in North Carolina as a community integration home health therapist and at Rusk Rehab Hospital in Columbia Missouri on the physical disability team.

Mike Marotta

Session D1

Mike Marotta

Mike Marotta is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional, and the ISTE Inclusive Learning Network (https://inclusiveln.org/)  2017 Outstanding Educator, who has been providing direct services to individuals with all disabilities for over 28 years. He runs his own technology consulting firm, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC.

Mike is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter who was previously a trainer for California State University at Northridge (CSUN), providing practical and in-depth training to professionals interested in specializing in assistive technology. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor at several universities where he teaches courses for pre-service teachers and Masters level educators in Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. Mike is the Director of the Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center at Disability Rights New Jersey and serves on the CAST Accessible Educational Materials Advisory Board.

 

Mindy Southern

Session F6

Mindy Southern

Mindy Southern - Educational Technology Facilitator for the Farmington R-7 School District. Mindy has been an educator for 18 years.  Before her current role as the Ed Tech Facilitator, her career included 6 years as a high school social studies teacher and 6 as a library media specialist.  She is a Google Certified Educator who conducts trainings for her district and others throughout the Southeast Region of Missouri.  She has recently presented at ISTE, METC, MO-CASE Spring Collaborative Conference, SEMO CORE Academy and the Missouri GAFE Summit.

Mohamed Shahin

Session C2

Mohamed Shahin

Mohamed Shahin: As the Accessibility and Accommodations Specialist at the University of Missouri, Mohamed assists employees with disabilities identify and arrange their accommodations in the workplace. He also works to assist resolving accessibility issues on campus, as well as spread awareness about the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Mohamed received his M.Ed. in Career counseling, Education, School, and counseling Psychology Department, University of Missouri. And he strives to ensure the continuing professional development for Individuals with disabilities.

Rhonda Hughes

Sessions A5, B7

Rhonda Hughes 2018

Rhonda Hughes is a Program Coordinator for Money Follows the Person Assistive Technology, Demonstration and Recycling Programs at Missouri Assistive Technology. Service territory covers the state of Missouri to help individuals with disabilities identify what assistive technology may help to overcome barriers in their environment.

Rhonda graduated from Penn Valley in 2011 as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant   and has worked predominately with assistive technology to help consumers reach their identified goals.  Areas of expertise include: Low vision, developmental disabilities, seniors with age related changes or incident specific trauma that changes their level of ability.

Rhonda is a member of KOTA, AOTA, and served on the KOTA conference committee from 2012 to 2015 helping to raise scholarship funds for OT/OTA students. In 2016 she was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” for her service. She is currently volunteering on the board for Guatemalan Ministries to serve children with special needs in the village of Santa Marie de Jesus. The goal of this board is to develop consistent Occupational Therapy Services with OT/OTA students during their last fieldwork before they graduate.  

Ruth Ziolkowski

Sessions B1, F1

My passion is human potential.  In my role at Don Johnston, I am able to lead by creating amazing tools that unleash educators to be great teachers and students to be engaged learners. Our best experience is when people tell us I didn't know they could do this.  Every student and every educator has huge potential.  We don't care what gets in the way of learning, we ignite the hidden potential.  Oh yeah I am also an OT, president of the company and on several advisory boards related to Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials.

Sam Nord

Sam Nord
Session E2

Sam Nord, Director of Sales, North America, Listen Technologies, 5 years at Listen Technologies, 22 years in audio-visual industry.

Sara Stock

Session C6

Sara Stock

Sara K. Stock, MSOT, OTR/L is an occupational therapist who has worked with students and families in the St. Louis area for more than 10 years in the school setting.  Prior to working in the school setting she worked as an occupational therapist for five years in a hospital-based rehabilitation unit.  Sara is currently an assistive technology specialist for Special School District in St. Louis County and provides assistive technology consultation services to multiple districts across St. Louis County. 

Sara works collaboratively with school teams to determine and implement assistive technology tools.  She leads continuing education workshops on a variety of assistive technology tools and effective practices in the field of occupational therapy and assistive technology process. 

Sarah Smith

Session F2

 Sarah is an Audiologist at the Missouri Ear, Nose & Throat Center

 

Scout Merry

Sessions A6, C2

Scout Merry

Scout is the Access Services Manager for SIL.  Scout has been working at Services for Independent Living since 2009 and has been overseeing the Assistive Technology Department and the Residential Ramp program since 2011.  Scout has a bachelor’s degree in Renewable Natural Resources from Univ. of California, Davis.

Shannon Wilson

Session C6

Shannon Wilson

Shannon E. Wilson, MHSOT, OTR/L is an occupational therapist who has worked with students and families for more than 17 years in the school setting.  She is currently an assistive technology specialist for Special School District in St. Louis County and provides assistive technology consultation services to multiple districts across St. Louis County. 

Shannon works with school teams to determine and implement assistive technology tools. She leads continuing education workshops on a variety of  assistive technology tools and effective practices in the field of occupational therapy and assistive technology process.

She is a strong supporter of inclusive therapy practice and technology integration across classroom settings.

Stacy Brady

Sessions D2, E6

Stacy Brady

Ms. Brady has been working in the field of disabilities for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Missouri State University and the University of Arkansas. Ms. Brady has been employed with the State of Missouri since 2001. In 2010, Ms Brady joined the staff of Missouri Assistive Technology as the Program Coordinator for TAP for Telephone. Along the way in 2014 TAP-Wireless evolved as a pilot which Ms. Brady is also the Program Coordinator. When away from the work, she is a busy wife and mother of 2, a son and daughter.

Timothy Creagan

Session A4

Timothy Creagan

Mr. Creagan is a senior accessibility specialist with the U.S. Access Board.  The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.  He was a member of the team that developed the revised accessibility standards for information and communication technology (ICT) under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the revised accessibility guidelines under Section 255 of the Communications Act, published in 2017.  Mr. Creagan provides technical assistance and training on the Revised Section 508 Standards and the Revised Section 255 Guidelines, and he frequently presents on accessible electronic and information technology and telecommunications. 

Mr. Creagan is co-chair of the Education subcommittee of the Accessibility Community of Practice of the Chief Information Officers’ Council.  He currently serves on the Disability Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission. 

 

Vince Cianfrone

Session F5

Vince Cianfrone

Vince is the president of NanoPac, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has spent the last 25 years matching assistive technology to the needs of people with various disabilities, training and supporting AT solutions, as well as programming solutions not previously available.  Vince lives in Bixby, Oklahoma, with his wife and two children and is a proud Oklahoma State Cowboys fan and OSU graduate.

 

Staff Not Presenting at the Conference

David Baker

David Baker,

Director

 

 

 

Kristine Rooff

Kristine Rooff,

Administrative Assistant

Kristy Summers

Kristy Summers, 

Administrative Assistant

 

Eileen Belton

Eileen Belton,

Program Coordinator

 

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