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CT Tech Act Project to Host Assistive Technology Conference

Connecticut’s Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference will be held on Fri., March 29, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hartford Hilton, 315 Trumbull St., Hartford, CT 06103.

Assistive Technology (AT) professionals, educators, employers, students and consumers are invited to attend the conference, which is hosted by the Connecticut Tech Act Project in partnership with EASTCONN’s Assistive Technology and Transition Services.

Conference attendees will learn about the latest developments in AT for individuals with disabilities, from early education throughout the life span. In addition to a keynote address, 20 breakout sessions will focus on AT for employment, education and independent living. 

Nationally recognized keynote speaker Liz Persaud, Training and Outreach Coordinator for   Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program, will present “Teamwork, Technology and Tenacity: Reflections on a Journey of a Lifetime.” Persaud has dedicated her life to increasing independence for individuals with disabilities. Living with a disability herself, Persaud will tele-present the keynote address from Georgia using a robotics system.

“We are so excited about the sessions we have to offer this year, from trending topics like smart home technology and telepresence robots, to assistive technology for college, work and life,” said Arlene Lugo, Program Director of the Connecticut Tech Act Project, which is part of the Department of Rehabilitation Services. “We have a great variety that showcases the amazing experts here in Connecticut, as well as nationally known AT experts like Liz Persaud and Mike Marotta from New Jersey. We have a nice balance of exhibitors as well, and I think this will be one of our best conferences yet.”

Nearly 30 exhibitors will showcase cutting-edge AT products and resources for consumer use, such as vehicle modification devices, speech-generating tools, smart home technology and adaptive software for work settings.

“This conference is important to ensure that those who support individuals with disabilities have the most up-to-date knowledge about the technology available to them, often in their own backyard,” said Carol Magliocco, EASTCONN Assistive Technology Coordinator.

EASTCONN Assistive Technology Services, a contracted partner agency of CT Tech Act Project for the past 10 years, provides technology tools and resources to mitigate educational challenges that impede students’ ability to access, participate in and progress in school. EASTCONN also supports adult clients with disabilities who are seeking to obtain or maintain employment through a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services. Learn more at www.eastconn.org/at.

Register for Connecticut’s Achievement Through Technology Conference (registration fee: $150) by March 15, 2019. Visit www.cttechact.com/conference for more information.