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Tech Conference 2017

Everyday Applications & Emerging Trends

2nd Annual

Tech Conference for Cognition and Learning 
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Mercy College Campus in Dobbs Ferry, NY


Keynote Speaker:

Cathy Bodine Ph.D, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, Colorado Construction Industry Endowed Professorship, and Executive Director, Assistive Technology Partners, Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Dr. Bodine began her career in Assistive Technology in 1985. She joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1996. Today, she is internationally recognized for her leadership in t he field of assistive technology and vigorously pursues her passions for new product design, research, service to families and persons with disabilities, and the professional assistive technology community at large through her leadership of Assistive Technology Partners. Dr. Bodine teaches coursework in the areas of technology, disability and aging within the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Bodine has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) for a number of pre-service professional preparation grants, as well as the Colorado Assistive Technology Act. In addition, s he has served as the PI for several research and development projects leading to new designs in AT devices. She is the principal investigator for theRehabilitation Engineering Research Center. Dr. Bodine served as the Secretary for the Board of Directors of Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and is past president of the Rocky Mountain ALS Association Board.

Additional Speakers: Updated

 Tony Gentry, Ph.D Alice Brouhard
Click here to read his bio Click here to read her bio 

John Rochford, from the UMass Medical School’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, will join us at our Conference to discuss his work in leading research team that includes IBM and Worcester Polytechnic Institute that will use the power of the IBM Watson supercomputer to simplify web text for people with intellectual disabilities, making it more understandable and accessible. Mr. Rochford has an extensive background in cognitive accessibility research and instruction and is an invited expert at World Wide Web Consortium, including participation in the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Task Force. Click here to read his bio

Educational Breakout Sessions

When registering, please select one session from each time slot.  If space allows, you may be able to change your selection on the day of the conference.


Breakout Sessions 1:30 -2:15 pm

#1     Opening Your Windows: Using its Accessibility Features 

#2     Taking a Byte: Apple Accessibility 

#3     Down with Cyberbullying: A Safer Internet Experience 

#4     A New Reality: Virtual Reality!

 #5    Tech for Empowering Neurodiverse Job-Seekers

 #6    Multimedia Tools for Self-Advocacy


Breakout Sessions 2:30-3:15 pm

#7    Take a Byte: Apple Accessibility 

#8    Tech for Life and Goal Planning 

#9    Light! Camera! Action! - Tell Your Digital Story 

#10  CanPlan App: Making Independence Possible

 #11  Instructions by the Non-Technical 

#12  Tech Supported Living Opportunities

#13  Technology Supporting Social Participation.


Click HERE to view presentations and see photo highlights from 2016 Conference.

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Directions & Accommodations

Mercy College is conveniently located in Dobbs Ferry, NY with free parking with access to public transportation, including close proximity to MetroNorth Railroad. Reduced rate accommodations will be available at the Doubletree, Tarrytown. Please email [email protected] for details. 

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