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2014 ANCOR Technology Summit & Showcase

October 10, 2014

Omni Interlocken Resort
500 Interlocken Boulevard
Denver (Broomfield), Colorado 80021
(303) 438-6600

In conjunction with the 14th Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology and Coleman Institute and ANCOR Technology Showcase, October 9

Registration is now open for the 2014 ANCOR Technology Summit and Showcase. We’re still working out the details, but look for a full schedule to be posted soon.

You can be sure the Summit will include:

  • Something for everyone, whether you’re already using cutting edge technology in your organization or just getting started

  • The latest in innovation that offers opportunities for the people you serve to connect with friends and family, participate in community, and find employment

  • Technology that creates greater efficiency and effectiveness in your organization

  • Product demonstrations from the leaders in technology for people with disabilities and  providers

  • Strategies to advocate for inclusion of technology in state waivers

  • Plenty of opportunities to network with attendees from across the country and hear how they’re using technology to improve their supports and services

Plus, the Summit is held in conjunction with the 14th Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology (registration for the Coleman conference is free, but you must register separately for each event).

Are you an innovator?

We want to highlight providers who are using new technology at the summit. If you’ve got an innovation that you’d like to share, let us know.

Registration for the 14th Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology and Coleman Institute and ANCOR Technology Showcase on October 9 is separate and must be completed before September 25.


  • ANCOR member: $275

  • Non-member: $425


  • Online registration has ended. Registration onsite will be available.

Omni Interlocken ResortOmni Interlocken Resort

500 Interlocken Boulevard
Denver (Broomfield), Colorado 80021
(303) 438-6600


Call (888) 444-6664 for reservations.

Ground Transportation

From Denver International Airport: there are two shuttle van services from the airport. On average, the ride is 35-40 minutes.

  • Green Ride Shuttle - (888) 472-6656 or (770) 226-5533. Pickup is every hour on the half-hour west side of the airport main terminal, out door #504, Island 5. A booth is in the airport in the main terminal near ground transportation, but without a reservation it is first come, first served. $30 one way.

  • Super Shuttle - (800) 258-3826. Discounted rate for round trip if booked at the same time. Follow signs in airport for grand transportation, the ticket counter is located between the womens restroom and the ground transportation booth on the southwest side of the terminal. $29 one way.

Taxi: available but expensive (can be over $100) from airport to hotel.

Town car services: For airport to hotel, arrange though hotel concierge, (303) 438-6600 in advance. May be less expensive than a cab.

AbleLink Technologies
CaraSolva, Inc.
Carematic Systems, Inc.
eVero Corporation
Foothold Technology
Intellinetics, Inc.
Relias Learning
Rest Assured
Sengistix, LLC
Simply-Home, LLC
SteadyCare, LLC
Systems Engineering
Therap Services


(details subject to change)

Date Time Session
Wednesday, October 8 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Imagine! Smart Home Tour (25 person limit. RSVP to reserve a spot.)
Date Time Session
Thursday, October 9 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 14th Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology Showcase (registration is separate)
Date Time Session
Friday, October 10 7:00 AM Registration
Friday, October 10 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
Friday, October 10 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Welcome Remarks
Friday, October 10 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

“It’s My Life!” New Technologies for Empowering Self-Expression

  • Andy Minnion, Director, The Rix Centre

  • Dan Davies, Founder & President, AbleLink Technologies, Inc.

This session will highlight emerging technologies that are empowering people with disabilities to express themselves in a variety of new ways, including:

  • Accessible self-directed surveys,

  • Tools for telling personal stories, and

  • Innovative self-created multimedia.

Come for demonstrations and discussion of these technologies, how they are being used, and how they can drive effective, person-centered planning. Learn how you can use these tools to improve the quality of life—and the supports you offer—for the people with disabilities you serve.

Friday, October 10 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM Break with Exhibitors
Friday, October 10 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

TechAbilities: Technology to Support Independent Living

  • Alice Brouhard, RN

As the mother of a daughter with a severe brain injury, Alice Brouhard has had to become an expert in technology and applications that support independent living and self-sufficiency for people with cognitive disabilities. Reap the benefits of her research and learn about workable and affordable ideas and tools to support self-sufficiency and independence for people with cognitive disabilities.

The session will include demonstrations of useful, unique, easy-to-setup and low cost technology for use in the home, community and vocational setting that support and empower persons with disabilities.

Friday, October 10 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Break with Exhibitors
Friday, October 10 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Technology Showcase

Are you an innovator? We want to highlight people who are using new technology at the summit. If you’ve got an innovation that you’d like to share, let us know.

Friday, October 10 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch / Spotlight on the Exhibitors
Friday, October 10 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM Break with Exhibitors
Friday, October 10 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Service Delivery

Smart Technologies for Improved Access, Self-Direction and Health Management

  • Raymond DeNatale, Executive Director, Independence Residences, Inc.

  • Rene Jamison, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center

  • David O'Hara, Chief Operating Officer, Westchester Institute for Human Development

David O’Hara will provide an overview of how smart technologies and wellness applications can improve health care delivery and outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Then, T. Rene Jamison, PhD will present two models designed to improve access to autism diagnostic services and promote early detection and intervention for families in rural and underserved areas using interactive television. Ray will discuss how Independence Residences employs telemedicine technology in their residences. He will talk about what is happening currently and ideas for the future.

Learn best practices – including how to identify tangible outcomes, strategies for dealing with state-level officials, and ways to empower staff – while using smart technologies and accessible applications that promote greater self-management. See demonstrations of how these technologies and applications can transform chronic health care management and promote self-direction and independence.

Friday, October 10 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Smart Homes: Greater Independence and Improved Service

  • Ravi Dahiya, Associate Executive Director of Operations and Quality Improvement, Independence Residences, Inc.

  • Fred Erlich, CEO, Living Resources

  • Joseph Morelli, Assistant Executive Director Corporate Planning, Living Resources

Key indicators of success for assistive technologies are rooted in outcomes of independence, inclusion and choice for individuals with disabilities. As more integrated settings are implemented, persons served gain the possibility of living independent lives. In this session you will hear about the trials, challenges and successes of several assistive technology system implementations and learn how to:

  • Incorporate technology into your service delivery system;

  • Strategize to identify technologies that help individuals live independently;

  • Create a culture where the organization is less risk averse; and

  • Determine the successes resulting from the use of technology systems.

This session will introduce participants to the growing national network of academic, public and private providers that are facilitating assistive technology as part of a long-term solution toward independence for people with disabilities.

Friday, October 10 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


CyberSecurity: What are The Risks and Why Should You Care?

  • David Hallstrom, Director Information Risk Insurance, CNA

  • Joe McIntyre, Systems Engineering

Remaining compliant with HIPAA, HITECH, and OMNIBUS rules and regulations that govern while integrating security measures in your computer systems can be tricky. This session will provide information about how to minimize those security risks. Attendees of the session will hear:

  • An overview of current threats and solutions,

  • Real case studies of health systems breaches, and

  • Methodology examples used in achieving compliance.

Be prepared to discuss security measures you currently employ and hear about techniques you can take to protect your systems against cyber threats, while protecting confidential business and customer information.

Friday, October 10 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Break with Exhibitors
Friday, October 10 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Service Delivery

Leveraging Technology for Relevance in State Funding and Outcomes

  • Rick Bahr, COO, Innovative Services

  • Gerald Bernard, Executive Director, Charles Lea Center

  • Bonne-Jean Brooks, President & CEO, OHI

Learn new approaches for connecting technology to independent living and how to stay relevant as state’s shift their focus from services to outcomes. This session will:

  • Help build a deeper understanding of the value of shifting to outcome-based supports and funding.

  • Explore how integrating technology and supports can lead to more enriched lives for the individuals you serve.

Hear personal experiences and proven strategies that creatively integrate technology and supports to fulfill lives, build community membership and generate sustainable services to produce outcomes that maximize independence and create connections within the community.

Friday, October 10 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


Innovative Uses of Tech for Home, Work, School and Community

  • Laurie Dale, Director of IT, Ability Beyond

  • Pat Jefferson, Director of Access and Community, Developmental Disabilities Resource Center

  • Katie Taliercio, Self-Advocacy Coordinator, Developmental Disabilities Resource Center

The use of technology is often the difference between dependence and independence for persons with disabilities. Improving quality of life for people with special needs through assistive technologies will be central to this discussion. Among other things, attendees will benefit from:

  • Demonstrations of nontraditional assistive technology used for real outcomes;

  • A process for integrating new technology into existing support systems;

  • Tools that support self-advocacy for persons serviced; and

  • First-hand accounts of how assistive technology has changes lives.

This session will show how some organizations are challenging traditional definitions of assisted technology and demonstrate devices in use today that facilitate greater independence for many persons with special needs.

Friday, October 10 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


The "Dos & Don’ts" of Technology Outsourcing

  • Jeanine Buford, Vice President of Information Systems and Technology, Keystone Human Services

  • Tony Yu, Director of Web and IT, ANCOR

Because many vendors now make their technology products very user friendly, providers might find that there is no need to organize a formal IT department. However, best practices—in contracting, security, HIPAA/HITECH compliance, and fiscal responsibility—should be top priorities when deciding whether or not to outsource technology. This session will cover:

  • The benefits and tradeoffs of technology outsourcing;

  • Some strategies for maximizing benefits and minimizing tradeoffs;

  • A framework for what, when and how to successfully outsource technology; and

  • How to recognize and address some of the dangers of technology outsourcing.

Be prepared to participate in the discussion with this session's panel, who will share some lessons they've learned from years of managing information.

Friday, October 10 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Break with Exhibitors
Friday, October 10 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Service Delivery

Embracing Benchmarking and Organizational Change

  • Tom Bulgrin, Systems Administrator, Cedar Lake

  • Scott Monfort, Manager of Information Systems, Cedar Lake

In our quest for quality, there's no escaping the need for reliable performance measures and solid data as our guides. In this interactive session, participants will explore ways to gather and assess data and discuss strategies for achieving improved customer satisfaction, reduced staff turnover and other markers of highly effective, sustainable organizations. This session will facilitate your ability to:

  • Ask and answer the tough questions;

  • Identify key performance indicators;

  • Engage staff in the process of data-driven success.

Be prepared to join the discussion and share different ways of capturing, analyzing and using data to achieve your organization's goals.

Friday, October 10 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Assistive Technologies in the Workplace

  • Cathy Bodine, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver / Executive Director, Assistive Technology Partners

  • Ray Grott, President, RESNA / Director, RET Project, San Francisco State University

  • Greg Wellems, COO, Imagine!

Assistive technologies have the potential to connect more people with disabilities to meaningful employment. The range of these technologies spans from the very simple to the highly sophisticated. In this session, attendees will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the capabilities of various employment-related assistive technologies;

  • Learn how to effectively implement assistive technologies in the workplace;

  • Discuss ideas about staff involvement in implementing assistive technologies; and

  • Gather a resource and information network that can be used immediately.

The presenters will focus on how providers can implement assistive technology supports and services in the workplace, and how they can determine the effectiveness of those supports and services. Be prepared to participate in interactive exercises related to current implementations and in discussions about various assistive technologies in the workplace.

Friday, October 10 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Technology Access in Action

  • Connie Melvin, Director of Innovation & FutureWorks, Black Hills Works

  • Richard Harrington, Assistive Technology Technician, Black Hills Works

This session focuses on best practices, ideas, resources and tips related to the declaration of The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access. Topics of discussion will include:

    Technology Procurement and Funding,
    Assessing Technology Needs,
    Identifying and Adapting Technologies, and
    Providing Experience and Exposure to Increase Awareness and Skill.

Come learn about how others are paving the way to equal technology and information access. Be prepared to share your ideas and experiences!



Andy Minnion, Director, Rix CentreAndy Minnion is the Director of RIX Media and Research at the University of East London in Docklands. The RIX centre takes an inclusive co-production approach to research and development on access and use of social media and the Web for people with intellectual disabilities. For over 10 years the RIX team have produced and piloted software, working methods and implementation strategies for inclusion through the application of new media in partnership with people with disabilities and their families, their educators and health and care supporters across the UK and Europe. Andy works as a researcher, lecturer, workshop leader and new media producer. He has been responsible for developing the ‘Multimedia Advocacy’ approach at the Rix Centre, whereby people with disabilities use self-made media to take greater control of their own lives and challenge their social exclusion. Andy has led research and knowledge exchange project work in this field since 2001, including the Pan-European Projects; 'Special Olympics Wiki World' and 'W2ID' that have built support and learning networks for and with people with disabilities on Web 2.0 platforms across the continent. Andy’s work with RIX draws support from UK and EU research as well as charitable and commercial activity and engages with Local and National Government policy makers, academia, business and industry, alongside people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Andy was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to the Education of People with Special Needs’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012.


Dan Davies, Founder and President, AbleLink Technologies, Inc.Dan Davies is Founder and President of AbleLink Technologies, Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been actively involved in research and development of technology for individuals with intellectual and cognitive disabilities for over 20 years. He has been closely associated with issues important to individuals with disabilities, as his oldest brother John lived with severe intellectual and physical disabilities. Mr. Davies has directed over 70 research projects focused on technology and cognitive disabilities funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, DARPA and the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. He has been on the leading edge of research into cognitive support technology for individuals with intellectual disabilities and consequently in 2006 received the Technology Museum of Innovation’s prestigious Katherine M. Swanson Equality award for “pioneering information technology for individuals with cognitive disabilities.” Currently he serves as Co-Chair of the Technology Division for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and was awarded the 2004 Technology and Media Leadership Award by the Council for Exceptional Children for “national leadership in the area of research and development of cognitive support technologies.” Since 2001 he has held a research appointment with the University of Kansas’s Beach Center on Disability. He has authored over 75 publications, reports and book chapters related to cognitive technology for individuals with disabilities and is an invited presenter at professional conferences nationally and internationally.