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Tech Conference 2018

An Independent Life Using Tech

3rd Annual

Tech Conference for Cognition and Learning 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Mercy College Campus, 555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

A day of discovery for parents, professionals, students, individuals with autism and cognitive delays


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  • Technology Vendor Exhibits

  • Cutting-Edge Technology Demonstrations

  • Representatives from Microsoft & Apple

  • A Series of Ignite Talks Featuring Real-Life Stories of Personal Tech Use

  • Hand-On Breakout Sessions Covering Subjects Including Community Living, K-12 Education, Employment & Emerging Tech

Keynote Speaker:

David Banes

David Banes is Director of his company David Banes Access and Inclusion Services and was formerly CEO, at Mada, Qatar Assistive Technology Centre addressing all aspects of access and inclusion through technology. He currently is working across the Middle East and Europe with a focus on building access infrastructure from policy to practice. Recent projects include the development of a response to disruptive innovation in the access industry, identifying solutions to meeting the needs of refugees with a disability, and building a business case for public investment in assistive technology, whilst supporting entrepreneurs to bring products and services to market.

He has a particular interest in using technology to meet the needs of persons with learning disabilities and has worked extensively with both children and adults with a range of needs including those with autism, dyslexia and profound and complex needs.   Subscribe to his weekly blog here.

Topics for Morning and Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

  1.   Accessibility Features of Apple-Based Devices
  2.   Accessibility Features of Windows-Based Devices
  3.   Using Virtual Reality Technology to Prepare for Work
  4.   Core Vocabulary and Communication Devices
  5.   Finding Apps and Learning How to Get the Most Out of Them
  6.   Voice-Activated Devices like the Amazon Echo
  7.   Design Thinking - Simple modifications you can make for accessibility
  8.   Apps for Person-Centered Life Planning
  9.   Tech-Supports for the Home
  10.   A New Gateway to a Safe and Secure Social Network
  11.   Using Tech to Find and Keep your Job

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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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