Conference Presenters 2017-10-24T14:11:36+00:00

Conference Presenters

Jennifer L. Baker, Ph.D., ATP, ATACP, CAPS

Jennifer is the Coordinator of Oak Hill Centers at the NEAT Center in Hartford. She studied clinical psychology and earned her Ph.D. in 2012. Jennifer is RESNA ATP certified, ATACP certified, trained as an NAHB Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Microsoft Accessibility Resource Consultant, OT Aide, and PT Aide. Jennifer conducts Home to Work Evaluations, Workplace Evaluations, Home Safety Evaluations, Home Modification Evaluations and Assistive Technology Evaluations for many state and federal agencies in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Ann Bedard

Ann Bedard is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist on the EASTCONN AT Team and has been working with individuals with disabilities for over 7 years. She provides a wide range of AT services to school districts including assessment, consultation, and professional development. Prior to working with the AT Team, Ann worked in the EASTCONN Related Services Group as a school-based SLP where she provided interventions for students with a variety of speech and language disorders including students using AAC. She is a certified trainer in both TouchChat and Proloquo2go. Ann has given numerous presentations on topics such as AAC from Low to High-Tech, Apps for Speech Therapy, Apps for Academics, Visual Strategies to Support Communication and Learning, and Assisting Transitioning Students with Technology.

David Bergmann

David Bergmann has worked for the State of CT DORS Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind since 1997 as a Rehabilitation Technologist. He works with legally blind consumers to evaluate their vocational assistive technology needs, installs and configures that technology and provides user specific training. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering.

Thomas S. Boudreau

Thomas S. Boudreau, MA, is an Education Consultant with the State of Connecticut / Department of Education – Bureau of Special Education. He is responsible for providing technical assistance, information and compliance with state and federal law regarding special education for school districts across the state of Connecticut. Mr. Boudreau also oversees the educational initiatives in the areas of: Autism Spectrum Disorder students 6-21 (ASD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Assistive Technology (AT), and Accessible Instructional Material (AIM). He is an active member of The State Rehabilitation Council – Secretary and active member of the Legislative Committee; The Council on Developmental Disabilities – active member of the Program Review Committee; The Traumatic Brain Advisory Board – active member and current chair of the Outreach and Awareness Committee; and The ASD Implementation Committee – active member of the Training Committee.

Darlene Brodbeck

Darlene Brodbeck has been working with n2y as the Director of Training since December 2012. Prior to joining n2y, Darlene has spent eight years working as an AT Specialist providing AT support and services for students with severe disabilities throughout Connecticut. Her experiences also include teaching for 17 years working across a variety of special education settings with varied populations including full inclusion settings to self-contained programs. In addition, she has taught graduate classes at Southern Connecticut State University within their adaptive technology program. Darlene has enjoyed presenting at national conferences including ATIA and Closing the Gap and has authored the AT Profile and co-authored iClick for Clicker 5. Darlene received her Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and her Master’s Degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado. She also earned two Sixth Year Degrees from Southern Connecticut State University in consultation and collaboration as well as adaptive technology. In June 2010, she received a 092 certification in education administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

Charlie Collins

Charlie Collins, owner of Vision Dynamics, went from weeding gardens and cutting grass to become a Vice President of a company. In addition to starting his own business, Charlie Collins is an international speaker and a published author. “The bottom line is no matter what your adversity is in life, anything is possible”.

Carolann Cormier, MA, CCC-SLP

Carolann currently serves as an Education Specialist in the Division of Technical Assistance and Brokering Services (TABS) at the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) in Hartford, CT. Her career spans over 30 years specializing in the field of assistive technology. She has written several publications on the topics of Assistive Technology and has worked as an adjunct professor at three local universities. 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 a Sixth Year Diploma in Special Education Technology from the University of Connecticut.

Jessica Coulombe

Jessica Coulombe has over five years experience in assistive technology at Texthelp and previously worked for IBM in their Software division. Jessica consults with educational institutions identifying solutions to literacy issues using Read&Write products. She has a B.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

Steven Famiglietti

Steven Famiglietti is employed at the CT Institute for the Blind at Oak Hill in Hartford. He teaches people with low vision or blindness how to use technology to enable them to become employed and live independent lives. Before Steven began his career he lived at home, sheltered, and relied on family and friends to help carry out daily tasks. With employment came self-confidence and a new start. Now living in his own townhouse, Steve has obtained a guide dog and is not only a teacher but also an advocate for others.

Nicole Feeney, M. Ed.

Nicole Feeney, M. Ed. – Assistive Technology Specialist and Special Educator provides professional development, training, technical assistance, and consultation on the continuum of assistive technology devices and services to families, educators, therapists, clinicians, and healthcare professionals; provides AT consultations and evaluations to people with disabilities of all ages; and offers AT demonstrations to promote community awareness. Nicole has taught 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.

Paul Ford

Paul has worked in a variety of settings over the course of his career. Relative highlights include working for the YMCA developing programs for children and adults with disabilities, and Residential Management Services as an Area Director overseeing day and residential programs for adults with intellectual disabilities. He worked for Independence Northwest, a Center for Independent Living as the Assistive Technology Counselor under the CT Tech Act Project, and later serving as their Information and referral Specialist. Following this position Paul worked for the CT Association of Centers for Independent Living as the Project Coordinator for the CT Nursing Facility Transition Project, and is currently the Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for the CT Money Follows the Person Demonstration. In his current role he is lead on Assistive Technology, Durable Medical Equipment and Home Modifications.

Pamela Kancler

Pamela Kancler is the Assistive Technology Facilitator for Windsor Public Schools.

Gretchen Knauff

Gretchen Knauff is the Assistant Director of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. She has worked at the agency for 26 years in many different capacities including Consumer Information Representative, Assistive Technology Coordinator and Management Analyst. In addition to her current responsibilities, Gretchen continues to provide training on the topics of assistive technology and the employment rights of people with disabilities.

Chris Knigga

Chris Knigga has been with RIT/NTID since October 2010. He received an associate degree in Architectural Technology from RIT/NTID, a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and Architectural & Environmental Design from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, and a master’s degree in Management from Walsh College in Troy, Mich.

Michelle Laramie

Michelle Laramie has worked for the State of CT DORS Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind since 1995. She began as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and currently works as a Rehabilitation Technologist with individuals who are legally blind. She designed many training sessions for professionals and families to enhance their knowledge about assistive technology. She has conducted numerous workshops in New England and four sessions at the CSUN International Technology Conference for Persons with Disabilities in CA. She has an M.S.W. from the UConn School of Social Work.

Beth Loy, Ph.D

Dr. Beth Loy is a Principal Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a free consulting service funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. In this capacity, she leads JAN’s external evaluation process and internal continuous improvement process, providing leadership to JAN’s teams of service delivery and information systems. This includes JAN’s outreach and education, training programs, and Website development. Beth is a national researcher and speaker in the disability field and has a Ph.D. in Resource Economics with a specialization in social policy from West Virginia University. At JAN, she provides research, writing, and statistics support regarding accommodation benefits and costs and the economic impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Beth is a member of RESNA and the HTML Writers Guild. She holds certificates in Web Technologies and Web Graphics/Multimedia. Beth has been with JAN since 1996 and is a member of the Management Team.

Therese Nadeau

Therese Nadeau earned her Masters Degree in Social Work and has been a disability advocate for many years promoting opportunities and choice. She currently works for Connecticut Community Care, Inc. and also provides training and support in emergency preparedness efforts in Connecticut. She is an active member of the Newington’s Community Emergency Response Team.

Nicole Natale, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP

Nicole is an Education Specialist in the Division of Technical Assistance and Brokering Services (TABS) at the Capital Region Education Council (CREC) in Hartford, CT. Nicole specializes in providing assistive technology (AT) services for students with disabilities in order for them to communicate, as well as to gain access to the academic curriculum. Nicole participated in a federally-funded assistantship to obtain specialized competencies in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) while attending Penn State University at the graduate level. This assistantship enables her to provide high-quality AAC assessment and intervention services to students with complex communication needs and/or significant disabilities. She also has a wealth of experience in assisting students with learning disabilities access the educational curriculum.

Mick Posner

Mick Posner is an Employment Consultant with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services. He has presented extensively on different issues related to deafness, education and rehabilitation on local and national levels, including past State Coordinators for the Deaf conferences, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and most recently, State of Oregon’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. He is also a professor of American Sign Language at Manchester Community College and has worked in the past for Sorenson Communications, the American School for the Deaf and Rochester School for the Deaf where he managed a federally funded after-school academic enrichment program. He received his Bachelors’ in Philosophy and Criminal Justice from Rochester Institute of Technology; his Master’s of Science in Education from Rochester Institute of Technology and his Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from Central Connecticut State University.

Lauren Tucker

Lauren Tucker is currently an assistive technology specialist with ACES supporting local school districts with AT evaluations, consultations, trainings, and professional development in AT. Previously, she was a middle school and high school special education teacher. She also teaches assistive technology courses and a learning through the arts course at Southern Connecticut State University in the Special Education Department.

Smita Worah, Ph.D

Smita Worah is a consultant at the State Education Resource Center (SERC). Smita is originally from India and came to the US for graduate studies. She completed her doctorate from Penn State University with a minor is augmentative and alternative communication. Being an avid user, Smita has always been interested in technology and how it can assist people with disabilities. Currently Smita works with the Technology in Education Initiative at SERC and is involved in providing training and technical assistance to school districts throughout CT. She was the project manager for the AT Guidelines writing task force in our state.

Bo Zamfir

Bo Zamfir has over thirteen years experience in Assistive Technology, the past ten as the Director of the Center for Adaptive Technology at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). He also teaches assistive technology courses as an adjunct in the Special Education Department at SCSU. In addition to supporting SCSU’s students with disabilities, his work at the Center includes working with SCSU’s students in education programs as well as the community at large.

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