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Partnership with CT Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and CT Tech Act Project

EASTCONN's Assistive Technology provides Adult Services through a partnership with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and the Connecticut Tech Act Project.

Employability

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) notes that they, “give individuals with significant physical and/or mental disabilities the tools, information and support they need to find a job.” As part of this support, the BRS Counselor may request Assistive Technology services, including assessment, consultation and training. It is important to note that these supports, and the scope of what the services encompass, can only be requested through the BRS counselor, NOT directly by the consumer. The counselor and consumer jointly also selects what the AT provider or agency that will be requested to provide these services. EASTCONN is just one of the agencies that can provide these services on request to BRS consumers. Assessment may encompass areas including what does a consumer need in order to manage their morning routine and prepare to get themselves ready to go to work as well as what is AT devices and/or accommodations are needed on the job site in order to perform the essential functions of the job. Training may be provided to the consumer, family members, caregivers, employers and their staff.

Access Through Technology

The Connecticut Tech Act project has been selected by the FCC to provide telecommunications equipment to low-income persons who are deaf/ blind. Criteria related to eligibility to participate in this program can be found at http://cttechact.com/att. As part of the services provided through this program, the CT Tech Act can request Assistive Technology services, including assessment, consultation and training. It is important to note that these supports, and the scope of what the services encompass, can only be requested through the Tech Act project coordinator, NOT directly by the consumer. The Project Coordinator also selects what provider or agency will be requested to provide these services. EASTCONN is just one of the agencies that can provide these services on request to eligible consumers. Assessment encompasses determination of what devices the consumer needs in order to access telecommunications, such as specialized amplified phones, smartphones, tablets, computers, screen magnification software and so on. Services may also include training for the consumer, family and caregivers. All services and devices provided through the Access Through Technology program are done so at no cost to eligible consumers.

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Our Occupational Therapists

Stacey B. Fulton OTR/L, ATP, CAPS

Ms. Fulton is a Registered, Licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Connecticut and an Assistive Technology Professional.  She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Certificate in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University. Ms. Fulton has 30 years of experience working in the school system with students with a variety of disabilities. At EASTCONN, she provides a wide range of services including; direct student services, student and staff training, consultation, evaluation.  Her specialties include neurodevelopmental treatment and assistive technology.  

Melissa McKeon, MS, OTR/L

Ms. McKeon is a Registered, Licensed Occupational Therapist in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Melissa has been employed as an Occupational Therapist with EASTCONN Regional Education Service Center since 2013.   Melissa came to EASTCONN with 14 years school system experience as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.  She received an Associate’s degree from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Becker College, a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services from Springfield College and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New England Institute of Technology. She has extensive experience working with students with varying abilities in grades pre-school through 12.   She has collaborated with educators, therapists, and parents in developing individualized programs to enable students to reach their fullest potential at school.  

Evangelynn Toolan, COTA/L Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Ms. Toolan began working for EASTCONN in 2012. In addition to working in specialized programs, she has 10 years of public school experience. She received an Associate’s Degree from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Manchester Community College in 2000 and maintains a national certification with NBCOT. Her comprehensive experience includes working with children ages 3-21 who have a wide range of needs including autism, emotional disabilities and developmental disorders in a school setting as well as post-secondary programs for young adults. As a result of continuing education and workshop attendance, she consistently enhances her skill to assist her students meet their educational goals in such areas as sensory strategies, assistive technology, fine motor and self-help skills.   

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Our Speech & Language Therapists

Holly Harder, MA, CCC-SLP

Holly Harder is a Speech-Language Pathologist with EASTCONN’s Related Services Group. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Connecticut. Prior to working for EASTCONN, Holly was employed by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for 29 years. At DDS Holly provided speech, language, and dysphagia services to children and adults with a variety of cognitive, physical, and behavioral disabilities. Currently, Holly is providing speech and language services to students attending public and private schools in Northeastern-Connecticut. Holly can be reached at hharder@eastconn.org.

JoAnne Lambert, M.S. CCC/SLP

JoAnne Lambert is a Speech Language Pathologist within EASTCONN’S Related Services group as well as a member of the Assistive Technology Team.  JoAnne has a strong interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island.  JoAnne provides a wide range of speech and language services across Northeast Connecticut including assessment and intervention for a variety of communication disorders.  JoAnne has also worked with children and families within the home setting providing Birth-to-Three services through EASTCONN.  Prior to working for EASTCONN, Joanne worked as a medical-based speech-language pathologist for over 10 years, providing speech and language services to both adults and children with speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders.  JoAnne has received training in topic areas including LAMP and PECS.  JoAnne can be reached at jlambert@eastconn.org.

Michelle Plucenik, M.S., CCC-SLP

Ms. Plucenik is a Speech–Language Pathologist with EASTCONN’s Related Service Group.  She received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University in 1983. Prior to joining the EASTCONN team Ms. Plucenik worked for the Early Connections Birth to Three Program and the CT Department of Developmental Services. Ms. Plucenik provided a wide range of services including, home visits, assessments, consultation and direct intervention for children of all ages. In addition she served as the SLP at Camp Quinebaug, a summer day camp for children with special needs and as a liaison for families to coordinate speech services between school systems, DDS and community therapies. She has extensive experience with children having genetic, neurological and/or intellectual disorders including autism.

Michelle M. Tharp, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Michelle Tharp is a Speech-Language Pathologist with EASTCONN’s clinical day treatment programs located in Killingly and Columbia CT.  She currently provides services for students ranging in grades K-12. These services include assessment, treatment and consultation with academic, health services and vocational staff. Ms. Tharp graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She has a varied experiential background treating ages ranging from birth to adulthood. She has provided services in many settings including in the home, hospital, nursing home and schools. Michelle can be contacted at MTharp@eastconn.org.

Sarah Turner, M.S. CCC-SLP

Sarah Turner is a Speech-Language Pathologist with EASTCONN’s Related Service Group.  She graduated from Northeastern University with a master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology.  Prior to working with EASTCONN, Sarah was employed by a private school in Massachusetts where she provided speech and language treatment for children and young adults with autism.  Currently, Sarah provides a wide range of services, including treatment, assessment and consultation for schools across the northeastern portion of Connecticut.  Sarah can be contacted at sturner@eastconn.org

Nikki Pannone, SLPA

Nikki Pannone is a Speech Language Pathology Assistant with EASTCONN’s Related Services Group.   She graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and worked at The Cove Center where she assisted adults with developmental disabilities.  She created and implemented individualized plans for those adults to become productive and responsible members of their communities. She then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree, also from Rhode Island College, in Communications with a concentration in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science. She started working at EASTCONN in 2009 and has worked with students from ages 5-21.

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Our Physical Therapists

Ann Marie Ferron, DPT

Annie Ferron is a licensed physical therapist as well as a certified athletic trainer. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Merrimack College in 2008 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011 from Franklin Pierce University. Annie has worked at a healthcare center with the geriatric and pediatric population, including school systems, outpatient pediatrics, aquatic therapy, and short-term inpatient therapy. She starting working at EASTCONN in 2016, assisting children with various motor delays in improving their skills in the educational setting.

Tracy Gustafson, BS, PT

Tracy Gustafson received her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford in January 2002. Tracy has worked in a variety of settings including short term and long term inpatient rehab, outpatient orthopedics, assisted in athletic training at the high school level as well as aquatic therapy. She has been working with EASTCONN since 2008.  Tracy has worked in diverse setting ranging from specialized programs to public schools.  She has worked with children from 3-21 years of age with varying physical and emotional disabilities.

Susan Hogan, BS, PT

Ms. Susan Hogan received her bachelor's degree in 1980 from the University of Connecticut.  Prior to working at EASTCONN, she worked at Monson Developmental Center in Monson MA where she provided direct client services, performed evaluations, and supervised Physical Therapy assistants. At Monson she also worked as the Coordinator for the Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Custom Shoe Clinic and worked to design custom wheelchairs for clients. With over 32 years of experience working with students from birth to 21 with motor delays, she has developed expertise in the areas of gross motor development, adaptive equipment acquisition and use, and integrating therapy services and motor skills into a student's educational program.  She has also supervised physical therapy students in clinical experiences.

Ms. Geryth C. Iozzo, MPT

Geryth C. Iozzo received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from American International College in 1999. Prior to working at EASTCONN, she worked as Director of Rehabilitation at Covenant Village of Cromwell where she provided direct services, performed evaluations, and supervised the rehab department which served the residents of the independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facility on grounds. She has had experience working in sub-acute, long-term care, school settings and concurrently with her EASTCONN position, works in acute care in an inner city hospital. Ms. Iozzo is multilingual speaking Spanish, Italian and currently learning Polish. As an employee of EASTCONN since 2008,  she enjoys working with the students, teachers and educators.    

Leah Luginbuhl, MSPT

Leah Luginbuhl received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2003. Her passion throughout her career has been working with the pediatric population. Prior to working at EASTCONN, she worked at CT Children's Medical Center for 10 years where she provided direct services and performed evaluations in both the outpatient and acute care settings for the birth to 21 population. She also worked with the Pain Relief Program where she focused on pain management for children and young adults. She is currently also employed in the Birth to Three program where her focus is on enhancing development in the children she serves. Within EASTCONN she enjoys working with students and educators to improve gross motor skills within the educational setting.

Misty Murdock, BS, PT

Misty Murdock received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University of Boston in 1998. Prior to working for EASTCONN she worked providing direct services in an acute care, acute rehabilitation, subacute care and outpatient departments.  In the outpatient she worked with a variety of patients including pediatrics in the clinic and in an aquatics program.  She has worked for EASTCONN since 2008, working with a variety of students.  She works with students on gross motor skills including assistive devices to support students’ access their school environment and improve their motor skills to maximize their participation in PE classes and in their classrooms throughout the school day. 

Valerie Taff, M.A., PT

Valerie Taff received her Bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master's degree from Syracuse University. She has over 45 years of experience in the fields of pediatrics in school settings and developmental disabilities. She has extensive experience providing comprehensive assessments for children and adults needing custom manual and custom power wheelchairs. She has worked as a clinical supervisor providing education and training to physical therapy students from many universities and colleges in the northeastern United States.

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Speech-Language Therapy

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) provide a range of services, including universal screening, progress monitoring and intervention services necessary for school-wide Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI). In addition, SLPs continue to provide traditional student assessment, consultation, intervention and supervision services.

School-based Speech-Language Pathologists work as part of the educational team to support preschool through young adult students in the following areas of development:

  • Language disorders
  • Speech sound disorders
  • Voice
  • Fluency
  • Hearing
  • Auditory Processing
  • Social/Pragmatic language disorders
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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists support students' needs in the areas of gross motor, sensorimotor and mobility development that impact access to the curriculum. Service delivery models include direct services, consultation, motor groups, training for staff members and evaluations of equipment needs for positioning and mobility.

School-based Physical Therapists work as part of the educational team to support preschool through young adult students in the following areas of development:

  • Gross Motor
  • Sensory Motor
  • Mobility
  • Positioning
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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) address fine motor skills, visual motor skills, adaptive skills and sensory processing needs for individual students and for classroom support of Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI). Service delivery models include direct services, consultation, sensorimotor groups, handwriting instruction and support for modifications of classroom tasks and life skills. EASTCONN therapists are available for full-time or part-time assignments.

School-based Occupational Therapists work as part of the educational team to support preschool through young adult students in the following areas of development:

  • Fine motor
  • Visual motor integration
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Prevocational skills
  • Life Skills

For more information about EASTCONN Related Services contact Carol Magliocco, 860-228-4320, cmagliocco@eastconn.org

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The Team

Carol  L. Magliocco, Ph.D., P.T., ATP, CAPS
Carol L. Magliocco, Ph.D., P.T., ATP, CAPS
Coordinator of Assistive Technology
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Dr. Magliocco is the Coordinator of Assistive Technology and Related Services at EASTCONN.   She received her doctorate in special education from the University of Connecticut in 2001.  Dr. Magliocco holds a CT physical therapy license and is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).  Dr. Magliocco oversees the range of services provided by the Assistive Technology and Related Services Teams, including overseeing the contracts for and delivery of services and planning for internal and external professional development activities.    As part of the assistive technology program, Dr. Magliocco coordinates various partnerships with the Bureau of Rehab Services including the operation of a Lending Library and services for adults in the areas of employment and access to telecommunications for the Deaf/Blind population. Dr. Magliocco can be reached via email at cmagliocco@eastconn.org
Amy T. Norton, M.Ed, ATP, CAPS
Amy T. Norton, M.Ed, ATP, CAPS
Assistive Technology Professional
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Ms. Norton is an Assistive Technology Professional and Transition Coordinator at EASTCONN.  She works with individuals with disabilities across the lifespan providing assessment, consultation and training.  She assists districts with integrating the use of assistive technology into the general education classroom, curriculum and transition planning.  Additionally, she works with the CT Tech Act and the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) to assist adults with disabilities in preparing for work and in accomplishing tasks in the work settings.  She assists in meeting the telecommunications needs of individuals who are deaf/blind through the Access through Technology Program coordinated by the CT Tech Act.  She is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). 
Stacey B. Fulton, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS
Stacey B. Fulton, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS
Occupational Therapist/Assistive Technology Professional
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Ms. Fulton is a Registered, Licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Connecticut as well as an Assistive Technology Professional and Aging-in-Place Specialist. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Certificate in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University. Ms. Fulton has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 30 years in Public Schools, with a concentration in assistive technology for the past 15 years. At EASTCONN, Ms. Fulton provides assistive technology services to school districts including AT evaluation, training and consult to a variety of individuals with varying disabilities and age levels. Ms. Fulton has presented on Assistive Technology topics at both statewide and international conferences.
Ann Bedard, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ann Bedard, M.S., CCC-SLP
Assistive Technology Specialist/ Speech-Language Pathologist
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Ann Bedard is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist on the EASTCONN AT Team and has been working with students with disabilities since 2006. 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. Ann has also concurrently worked in the home setting to deliver speech-language services through EASTCONN’s Birth-to-Three program. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UConn and Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University. While pursuing her graduate degree, Ann worked in the Center for Adaptive Technology where university students utilized AT. Her experience working with individuals with disabilities from birth through post-secondary education has provided Ann with a uniquely beneficial perspective. She is a certified TouchChat trainer. Ann has given numerous presentations at the regional, state, and national level on topics such as Intro to AAC Implementation, Spectrum of AAC from Low to High-Tech, Apps for AAC: The Fantastic 4, Visual Strategies to Support Communication and Learning, and Myths of AAC.
JoAnne Lambert
JoAnne Lambert
Assistive Technology Specialist/ Speech-Language Pathologist
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JoAnne Lambert is an Assistive Technology Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist within EASTCONN’s Related Services group.  She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island.  JoAnne provides a wide range of speech and language services across Northeast Connecticut including assessment and intervention for a variety of communication disorders.  Prior to working for EASTCONN, Joanne worked as a medical-based speech-language pathologist for over 10 years, providing speech and language services to both adults and children. 
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CTTAP Newsletter

Beginning with the Winter 2009-2010 issue, the Connecticut Tech Act is partnering with the RESC Alliance in order to bring readers new and expanded Assistive Technology content. Each issue will include a Feature Article, an AT Spotlight to highlight a new or innovative AT device, local AT related events, free AT resources and more.  Check out the contributions from EASTCONN's AT Team noted in each issue below.

 

SUMMER 2016

Previous newsletters can be found here 

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Assistive Technology Team

EASTCONN's Assistive Technology Team brings together the expertise of professionals representing the disciplines of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and special education.  

Carol  L. Magliocco, Ph.D., P.T., ATP, CAPS

cmag_small.jpgDr. Magliocco received her doctorate in special education from the University of Connecticut in 2001. Since that time, she has served as EASTCONN’s Coordinator of Assistive Technology. Dr. Magliocco provides a range of services to school districts including student assessment, consultation, professional development, and assisting districts to integrate the use of assistive technology into the general education classroom and curriculum. Prior to joining EASTCONN, Dr Magliocco worked in the University of Connecticut’s Assistive Technology Training Center, providing statewide training for the Connecticut Tech Act and serving as an instructor for graduate coursework in assistive technology. Dr. Magliocco's email is first initial then last name: cmagliocco@eastconn.org

Amy T. Norton, M.Ed, ATP, CAPS

amynorton2011w.png Ms. Norton is an Assistive Technology Specialist at EASTCONN and provides a wide range of services to school districts including student assessment, consultation, professional development, and assisting districts to integrate the use of assistive technology into the general education classroom and curriculum. Before coming to EASTCONN, Ms. Norton was an Assistive Technology Specialist at the NEAT Center at Oak Hill in Hartford where she provided evaluation, consultation, and training services on assistive technology for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Previously, Ms. Norton was a consultant at the State Education Resource Center (SERC) where she coordinated the Technology in Education Initiative and provided training, consultation, and technical assistance to school districts throughout the state. Ms. Norton's email is first initial then last name: anorton@eastconn.org    

Stacey B. Fulton, OTR/L, ATP

stacey_smallw.pngMs. Fulton is a Registered, Licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Connecticut as well as an Assistive Technology Professional. She received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University and a Certificate in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University. Before coming to EASTCONN, Ms. Fulton worked as an Occupational Therapist in Schools for 23 years. For the past 10 years she has served as a leader of a public school district’s AT Team, providing training and performing student assessments within the district. Ms. Fulton participated in the CT State AT Cadre Training and presented at statewide conferences on the experiences of leading a district AT Team. Ms. Fulton's email is first initial then last name: sfulton@eastconn.org

 

Ann Bedard, M.S., CCC-SLP 

annbedardedserv.pngAnn Bedard is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Specialist on the EASTCONN AT Team and has been working with students 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. Ann has also concurrently worked in the home setting to deliver speech-language services through EASTCONN’s Birth-to-Three program. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UConn and Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University. While pursuing her graduate degree, Ann worked in the Center for Adaptive Technology where university students utilized AT. Her experience working with individuals with disabilities from birth through post-secondary education has provided Ann with a uniquely beneficial perspective. 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. Ms. Bedard's email is first initial then last name: abedard@eastconn.org

 

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