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2016 ANCOR Technology Summit & Showcase

October 7, 2016

Broomfield, Colorado

As our community focuses on innovation in the emerging environment of long-term services and supports and integrated healthcare, technology will continue to play a key role in helping providers achieve the triple aim of better health, better care, and lower cost

Join ANCOR on Friday, OCTOBER 7th in Broomfield, Colorado (near Denver) for the 2016 ANCOR Technology Summit and Showcase, and hear from peers, advocates, and experts on ways technology can help the Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) community achieve those goals.

The 2016 ANCOR Technology Summit and Showcase will immediately follow the 16th Annual Coleman Institute Conference scheduled for October 6th. Both events will be held in the same venue though separate registration is required for each event. Check out both!

What to Expect?

We are filling this year’s Tech Summit with ten concurrent break-out sessions and presenters who can lead discussions that will:

  • Identify technology solutions and applications that can improve provider agencies' operational efficiencies
  • Raise awareness of low and high-tech options that can facilitate increased independence for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD)
  • Generate excitement among providers and advocates about emerging technology that can benefit the I/DD community in the near future

We will also dedicate time for a Technology Showcase where attendees can visit with each of the exhibitors to:

  • Explore their latest offerings
  • Find out about their future development plans, and
  • Discuss your most pressing technology-related needs

Check back frequently for updates to the Tech Summit schedule as we finalize the details over the summer.


“The session: Technology in Your Organization was great. It was a very practical and tangible method of integrating the technology, accessibility and outcomes culture into an organization. Really enjoyed this one.”

Among the summit highlights that were noted: “Seeing how programs are implementing technology to increase independent living and reduce staff in the home.”

“I was excited to hear the many comments from speakers over time talking about meeting the needs of individuals with IDD through technology.  Rather than fitting people to the place, there was a lot of finding a place for people who are not all that different from us, providing needed supports.”



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  • ANCOR member: $275.00
  • Non-member: $425.00

Pre-registration has ended. Onsite registration will be available.


Cancellations are subject to a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after September 30, 2016. There is no charge for substitutions.


Contact us.

Omni Interlocken ResortOmni Interlocken Resort

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


The Coleman/ANCOR room block was $170 per night. There is a possibility that the hotel may still extend the rate if you ask for it by calling (303) 438-6600.

If you have trouble booking your hotel room, contact Jerri McCandless or (703) 535-7850, ext. 107 for rooms reserved at a nearby hotel with a shuttle to the Omni.

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.

(times and details subject to change)

Date Time Description
October 6 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

16th Annual Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology

Registration for the Coleman conference is separate from the ANCOR Technology Summit.

Date Time Description
October 7 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors (Interlocken A/B)
October 7 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Opening Remarks (Interlocken A/B)
October 7 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Featured Presentation

  • What's Your “Why” for Using Technology? (Interlocken A/B)
October 7 9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Technology Showcase (Interlocken A/B)

Visit with each of our exhibitors to explore their latest offerings, find out about their future development plans, and discuss your most pressing technology-related needs.

October 7 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Identifying Tried and True Low-Cost and Commercially-Available Assistive Technology (Interlocken A/B)
  • Technology As a Recruiting Tool: How to Attract and Retain an Exceptional Workforce (Spruce, lower level)
  • Mission Impossible? Interconnectivity Between Agencies to Measure Improvement (Fir, lower level)
October 7 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Break
October 7 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Technologies for Person-Centered Planning that Meet HCBS Waiver Requirements (Interlocken A/B)
  • Building a Quality Assurance (QA) Dashboard (Fir, lower level)
  • - Get Started on Your Path to Employment (Spruce, lower level)
October 7 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM ANCOR Technology Position (Interlocken A/B)
October 7 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch and Networking with Exhibitors (Interlocken A/B)
October 7 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Technology Showcase (Interlocken A/B)

Visit with each of our exhibitors to explore their latest offerings, find out about their future development plans, and discuss your most pressing technology-related needs.

October 7 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Technology Solutions for Independence (Interlocken A/B)
  • Reduce Liability and Costs with an Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR) (Fir, lower level)
  • Online Remote Coaching Service & Recommender System to Find and Learn to Use Tech (Spruce, lower level)
October 7 3:00 PM - 3:10 PM Break
October 7 3:10 PM - 4:10 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Using Project ECHO to Reduce Disparities and Improve Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities (Interlocken A/B)
  • How Do You Support Self-Determination in a Person’s Life with Technology? (Spruce, lower level)
October 7 4:15 PM Closing Remarks (Interlocken A/B)

More information to come. Details subject to change.

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

What's Your “Why” for Using Technology?

Gerald Bernard, Executive Director, Charles Lea Center
Greg Wellems, Chief Operating Officer, Imagine!
Allen Ray, President/CEO, SimplyHome, LLC

What really matters in a world with "Final Rules", mega data and ever changing "Shiny Objects?" Enabling technology should be less about a person’s needs and more about their abilities, capabilities and potential for success through natural supports. Attendees will hear how four companies are taking a uniquely different approach in creating outcomes by first redefining their corporate missions.

Our panelists will discuss:

  1. Where to start?
  2. How are outcomes created?
  3. It’s not data, certifications or surveys that define results... it’s the teaching, learning, and individual successes.
  4. How do we enable a life of full choices through an integrated approach using fluid technologies?
  5. What’s the future role for providers?
  6. Collaborating toward a future significantly different than today! Who will adapt and survive?

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Technology As a Recruiting Tool: How to Attract and Retain an Exceptional Workforce

Nicola Dickinson, Founder and VP of Customer Engagement, Altus Dynamics
Trevor Ducharme, Director of Administration, Robin Hood Association

Community Providers for people with disabilities face challenges associated with today's workforce - the expectations of the millennial generation, high turnover rates, and upcoming retirements of the aging workforce. In this presentation we give you a high level overview of some of the industry research we have conducted on the topic and then we’ll dive into our top five key technology strategies that best addresses the changing demographic in your workforce.

We’ll cover topics like:

  1. using mobile solutions to connect a remote workforce
  2. online real-time scheduling
  3. ways increase employee engagement
  4. tools to better manage turnover and maintain client experience
  5. strategies to keep both new millennials and more experienced staff happy & efficient

Since funds to implement new technologies are scarce in the human services sector, building a strong business case for these investments is key. Trevor, Chief Operating Officer from Robin Hood Association will share how he was able to calculate the ROI of implementing new systems at his organization, and then present them in a way to his board to get the essential funding needed to make his project a reality.

Mission Impossible? Interconnectivity Between Agencies to Measure Improvement

Jerry Powers, Assistant Director, Community Living Services, AHRC Nassau
Jean Bezek, Account Representative, MediSked LLC
Karleen Haines, Chief of Care Coordination, Partners Health Plan

HCBS transition plans for each state are moving forward. Tracking and reporting on data regarding improvement within competitive employment, less restrictive settings, and community inclusion will be essential. How can your agency take this on, without hiring consultants and analysts? Learn about how this can be accomplished, even if your provider network is using a variety of software platforms. Hear from a NYSARC chapter and an MCO to explain how they have been able to approach these challenges, and focus on data collection strategies.

Identifying Tried and True Low-Cost and Commercially-Available Assistive Technology

Connie Melvin, Director of Innovation and Future Works, Black Hills Works
Tammy Murner, Assistive Technology Technician, Black Hills Works

One of the greatest challenges in the field of technology is staying abreast of all of the developments, upgrades, and myriad products that are available to consumers.  In this session, we will help you navigate the marketplace by sharing some of our favorite low-cost assistive technology and as well as tips and tricks to keep up with the latest offerings.  
During this session, we will share our:

  1. Favorite low-cost and commercially-available assistive technology used by the people we support
  2. Lessons learned in navigating the market to find the right product, including pricing and purchasing suggestions
  3. Favorite resources for staying fresh and keeping up with the latest technology

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Technologies for Person-Centered Planning that Meet HCBS Waiver Requirements

David O’Hara, Chief Operating Officer, Westchester Institute for Human Development
Andy Minnion, Director, Rix Center, University of East London

Multimedia technologies can make it much easier to meet the new requirements for person-centered planning under the HCBS waiver program by enhancing opportunities for self-direction and choice in the planning process. Easily accessed survey tools are used to obtain feedback of the success of the plan from the individual with I/DD, family members, and/or their circle of support, and can be accomplished using the built-in audio/video capabilities of existing smart devices. The use of these multimedia technologies are illustrated through two specific approaches to engaging individuals with I/DD in shaping their futures, both focusing on individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The first example will show how multimedia technology can be used to facilitate the citizen's jury process of engagement in service planning. The second will describe a partnership with the Autism Self-Advocacy network to develop multimedia technology for supported decision-making.

Building a Quality Assurance (QA) Dashboard

Joshua DeZurik, Director of Program Technology, Dungarvin, Inc.

With the increased amount of information created by electronic documentation systems, it is becoming more difficult to manage the mountain of data without renovating quality control systems. Two years ago, Dungarvin started down the road of developing and implementing Quality Assurance (QA) dashboards to leverage the data. Join Josh DeZurik who will discuss:

  1. An overview of Dungarvin’s QA dashboards
  2. Lessons learned through the process
  3. Best practices for developing systems and reporting processes

Moving towards leveraging analytics can be a scary and painful implementation if not carefully planned. Attend this session to hear how you can avoid some of the common pitfalls to ease your agency’s adoption efforts. - Get Started on Your Path to Employment

Kaitlyn Richardson, Employment Programs Coordinator, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities

The Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities is committed to making competitive, integrated employment possible for all people with disabilities in New York State and oversees the Partnerships in Employment Systems Change project. This project brought together various state agencies serving individuals with IDD and led to the development of the web-based tool was designed to address barriers to employment for people with I/DD by offering individualized connections to systems and resources in New York state based on one’s path to employment.

Take part in a user-experience simulation, walking through each session and learning the functions and resources included on the site.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

ANCOR Technology Position

Katherine Berland, Director of Public Policy, ANCOR

ANCOR is pleased to unveil its new technology position paper, “Bringing Long-Term Supports and Services into the 21st Century” at the 2016 Technology Summit. The paper is the culmination of a collaborative process including ANCOR staff and provider members. It sets forth positions and recommendations for ways to best leverage innovative technologies to provide person-centered supports for individuals. ANCOR’s Director of Public Policy Katherine Berland will walk participants through the recommendations made and discuss how they intersect with current public policy trends.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Technology Solutions for Independence

Sherri Portnoy, Vice President, IDD Administration & Professional Services, NHS Human Services
Rene Burke, Consultant, NHS Human Services
Shaleea Shields, Administrator, NHS Human Services

The cost of care in group homes, aging of people with disabilities, and the increasing imbalance between the needs of the I/DD population and the number of qualified staff available to provide care are trends that have created the need to develop more efficient care models for providers. To tackle these challenges, NHS implemented assistive technology projects that meet several objectives:

  1. Provides a systematic, replicable approach to introduce technology and ensure buy-in of the person with the disability and support staff
  2. Implement quality outcome measures
  3. Plan for sustainability

This presentation will focus on two specific types of technology-based solutions that allow people with disabilities to gain greater independence and connectivity within their worlds and reduce symptoms associated with isolation and loneliness.

Based on the outcomes of both projects, find out about NHS’ “lessons learned”, future plans for expansion, and other partnerships they are exploring as a result of the projects. Learn about their Assistive Technology oversight group and the hierarchy developed for program implementation and success, including continued involvement in the day-to-day applications being utilized to ensure project momentum.

Reduce Liability and Costs with an Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR)

Geoff Cooper, President, CaraSolva
Christopher DiRosa, Site Supervisor, Imagine!

Providers are reducing liability, costs, and improving individual health outcomes via point of care systems that include electronic Medication Administration Records (eMAR).

Presenters will:

  1. Provide a summary of risks associated with tracking on paper, and how an electronic system reduces risk exposure;
  2. Discuss successful techniques for implementing an electronic system for home and community-based service providers;
  3. Identify examples of how this system coordinates care with case management, pharmacies and clinicians

The presentation will be supported by provider examples, demonstration and real life benefits from use of multiple point of care systems and eMAR.

Online Remote Coaching Service & Recommender System to Find and Learn to Use Tech

Abe Rafi, Director of Digital Strategy & Online Services, The Arc of the United States

Find out about two online services that The Arc is developing in partnership with Google: a "recommender system" to match technology to people with cognitive disabilities and an "online coaching service" to train people with cognitive disabilities to use technology. The recommender system is an online tool that makes personalized suggestions for technology products that match the profile of a person with cognitive disabilities. The online coaching service will match people with cognitive disabilities to tech coaches who will coach the client to find, evaluate, and adopt technology products that support their individual goals. Eventually, The Arc aims to open these online services to service providers outside The Arc's network. At this session, we'll describe the two online services and invite input on their design.

3:10 PM – 4:10 PM

How Do You Support Self-Determination in a Person’s Life with Technology?

Alice Brouhard, Families at the Forefront of Technology
Kara Brouhard, Self-Advocate
Katherine Carol, Families at the Forefront of Technology
Mikelle Learned, Self-Advocate

How do you support self determination in a person’s life with technology?

This “hands on” session will provide an opportunity to increase understanding of, and improve confidence and competence in the use of apps that aid in self-sufficiency since apps do not come with detailed instructions!! We will teach  how to set up and utilize Pictello, Aida Reminder and Reminder apps that  can be useful for a variety of individuals in the home, at school, within their community and at work. These apps can assist with memory/scheduling, home safety, socialization and vocationally. We will give an overview of “Day One” an invaluable journaling app for those with memory impairment.

We will demonstrate how to creatively use Siri with select communication  apps, and share the cost of and basic requirements necessary to set up a “smart home” and a “smart life” with technology utilizing iPads, iDevices, Amazon Alexa  and Google Home, scheduled for release later this year.

Learn concrete solutions to promote independence with the use of mainstream tech options to cross the digital divide with TechAbilties!

Using Project ECHO to Reduce Disparities and Improve Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities

Erika Harding, Director of Global Replication Initiatives, ECHO Institute

Project ECHO® is a telementoring and guided practice model originating from the University of New Mexico. ECHO addresses the problem of insufficient access to specialty care knowledge. ECHO moves knowledge rather than people, so individuals can receive the right people, at the right time and place.

There are now more than 90 ECHO “hubs” using ECHO to address more than 50 complex issues, diseases and problems in the US and 16 other countries. At a number of expert sites, the ECHO model is being used effectively to train teachers, social and case workers, pediatricians, primary care clinicians and others to provide better healthcare and education services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

The objectives of the presentation are for participants to:

  1. Understand the ECHO mission and model;
  2. Be able to explain how this technology-enhanced platform can enhance educational and health services for IDD;
  3. Know how to join an existing ECHO for IDD, or how to replicate the model to serve your community.

Gerald Bernard has 30+ years experience supporting individuals with disabilities. Doctorate in Education from the University of Vermont. Was a CARF surveyor for over 15 years. Currently, the Executive Director at the Charles Lea Center in Spartanburg SC, serving over 1,600 individuals in a variety of day, work and residential settings. Worked extensively in New York, Connecticut and Vermont before moving to South Carolina seven years ago. Extensive background in creating innovative models of services by partnering with others and creating a culture of innovation and person centered thinking. Passionate about helping others to have control over their lives. Believes in leading from behind giving others the opportunity to excel. Born in Heidelberg Germany, married to Wendy with two daughters Hannah & Ellie. Enjoys reading historical novels, huge soccer fan, and yes a New England Patriots fan as well.

Jean BezekJean Bezek has over the last 15 years served as a technology and workflow consultant for hundreds of for-profit and non-profit entities. She excels in solution architecture, and enjoys finding a way to use technology to improve processes and outcomes.

Jean is currently an Account Representative at MediSked LLC, located in Rochester NY and serves on the board of Causewave Community Partners and Easter Seals NY.

Alice BrouhardAlice Brouhard is a champion of the use of technology, especially tablet technology, to support people with memory and cognitive challenges. She has worked tirelessly to set up a system that allows her daughter who sustained a serious TBI to live independently despite significant disabilities. Alice sits on the Colorado Assistive Technology Coalition through the University School of Medicine and speaks nationally at conferences on the use of high tech and low tech options to promote self sufficiency. Alice is a founding member of Colorado based Families at the Forefront of Technology and serves on the steering committee for their annual conference. She has developed and teaches classes at Colorado Mountain College on the use of iPad and iPhones.

Alice, and her husband and daughter live in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. They are recent recipients of the 2016 Garfield County ColoradoHumanitarian Service award "Inspiring Hope."

Kara BrouhardKara Brouhard sustained a severe traumatic brain injury at age 5 when she was stuck by an out of control skier. As she says, "I have overcome many obstacles in my life. Now, I lead a fine life in my own house. I am active in my community. I do lots of volunteer work so that I may give to others. I am very successful in my own life. I am successful because I listen to Paddy (my iPad) and follow what my prompts tell me to do. And I am very successful in taking care of my dog Phoebe Ann."

Kara is the first to tell people, “I don't have disabilities – I have abilities!” She leads a self determined life in her own house despite many challenges from her TBI. Mainstream technology supports her independence and self-sufficiency. She likes to speak to others and share her success and is a member of Families at the Forefront of Technology and presents at their annual conference. And she loves to show off her “smart home” to others!

Rene Burke holds a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management from Robert Morris University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and has over 29 years experience including the fields of medical/surgical nursing, renal and liver transplantation, research, nursing management, and non-profit management. For over ten years, she provided leadership as the Director of Health Services and Director of Professional Services at Allegheny Valley School (AVS), a subsidiary of NHS Human Services, supporting people with Intellectual and Developmental Disability. She now serves as a project consultant. Ms. Burke's consultative work with NHS focuses on the research, development, and design of methods to incorporate assistive technology into existing or new care models. She provides comprehensive reviews of potential vendors and assists with the development of technology programs that work towards increasing quality of care along with increasing access to technology. In addition to the increase of quality and access, all of these are designed with the potential of reducing the costs of providing care.

Katherine CarolKatherine Carol and Mikelle Learned are speakers, authors and innovators. Mikelle graduated ‘outstanding’ senior from her high-school, pioneering full inclusion and participation in the Denver Public School system. But she wasn’t done there, she started her own business, spoke to Congress and purchased her own home. All with aid of technology.

Katherine likes to optimize systems assisting people to do their best work. Her wealth of professional experience includes involvement in nonprofit rehabilitation, for-profit leadership, and management arenas. Katherine is currently co-chair of the State Rehabilitation Council's Employment First Committee and former chairperson of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, Board Member for the Washington Initiative on Supported Employment, and former chairperson and founding chair of Denver Options (now called Rocky Mountain Human Services), a community centered board for persons with developmental disabilities in Colorado.

Katherine and her daughter, Mikelle have worked as tireless advocates in the disability field. As bloggers, writers and speakers they continue to advocate for 21st Century Rehabilitation Solutions for today’s evolving community.

Geoff CooperGeoff Cooper is President of CaraSolva delivering Electronic Point of Care software for I/DD healthcare providers. Previously he was CIO of Sunrise Medical a manufacturer of Home Medical Equipment including: Hoyer Lifts, Quickie wheelchairs and Dynavox speech devices. Geoff served on the University of Colorado Business School IT Advisory Board, and taught the Technology and Privacy class. He is a past President of the Colorado Chapter of the Society of Information Management (SIM), and was previously named to the CIO magazine High Performance 100. Geoff obtained a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a MBA from the University of Michigan.

Joshua DeZurik is the Director of Program Technology for Dungarvin, Inc., a national provider supporting over 3000 individuals in 14 states. His lifelong love of technology and problem solving combined with his program service background made this a perfect fit. He coordinated the national multi phase rollout of the EMR system and is currently developing national standards for EMR use focusing on efficiency, best practice, and data leveraging. Prior to this role, Josh worked 7 years on the operations side of services for people with disabilities as a program director then director.

Nicola DickinsonNicola Dickinson is a founding partner at Altus Dynamics. Prior to starting Altus, Nicola had extensive volunteering experience in community based nonprofits working closely in programs for abused children. This work inspired Nicola to harness her love for technology to better help nonprofits. Nicola has worked with some notable clients like - Vancouver Olympics, The Macarthur Foundation and Big Brothers and Big Sisters in delivering technology and services for more efficient operations in Nonprofits. Nicola has hands on experience in workforce planning, accounting management, program and client management across over 200 community based nonprofits since 2003.

Christopher DiRosaChristopher DiRosa began in the field of serving individuals with developmental disabilities 5 years ago as a direct support professional. Over this time he has worked in multiple roles as an Adaptive Technology Instructor and SmartHome Supervisor with Imagine!,a service organization for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in Colorado. Chris is responsible for the implementation of many innovative efficiencies and adaptive SmartHome technologies designed to better meet the needs of individuals with cognitive disabilities. He has been a strong advocate for incorporating technology into residential settings and has point of care knowledge in a variety of systems that are being used by service providers in the field. Chris works closely with multiple non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) serving on board of directors for organizations and as a consultant internationally in training and implementing individualized solutions for individuals with developmental disabilities in the developing world.

Trevor Ducharme is the Director of Administration at Robin Hood overseeing Human Resources, Information Technology, Scheduling, Payroll, and Systems. Robin Hood Association is a registered non-profit organization committed to excellence in assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve their personal best and experience a quality lifestyle. Robin Hood Association is the primary provider of services to children and adults with disabilities in Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan and surrounding areas, currently serves approximately 300 adults and 350 children, and their families, and currently employs over 530 staff.

Karleen HainesKarleen Haines holds degrees from the State University of New York in Psychology and Management. She's worked in the field of I/DD for over 17 years and is an adjunct Professor at Suffolk Community College, instructing an Introduction to Developmental Disabilities Course.

Ms. Haines is currently the Chief of Care Coordination for Partner's Health Plan in Manhattan; the first managed care plan in the U. S. for adults with I/DD.

Erika HardingErika Harding leads the replication process and team at the ECHO Institute as the Director of Global Replication Initiatives. She received her International Baccalaureate (IB) from the United World College of the American West, a BA in political science from Barnard College and did her graduate work at Univ. of New Mexico (UNM) in Latin American Studies.  She has a long history of work in public education, public health policy and health education.  She served as Education and Outreach Manager for UNM Health Science Center’s Project ECHO®, and was responsible for the design and implementation ECHO's flagship Diabetes Community Resource Education Worker (CREW) training program, which has been the model for other Community Health Worker (CHW) training initiatives based on the ECHO model of care.  She now leads ECHO’s global replication initiatives, facilitating the U.S. and global scaling of the ECHO Model.  With more than 90 ECHO hubs spread across the US and 16 additional countries worldwide and more than two hundred more replication partners in development, ECHO is being adapted to expand access to knowledge resources and meet the needs of underserved communities around the world.

Connie MelvinConnie Melvin is the Director of Innovation and Future Works at Black Hills Works. In her 13 years with the company, she has worked in a variety of capacities – from resource and support to residential supervision. Four years ago, she had the opportunity to develop an assistive technology program from the ground up. In addition to establishing a highly regarded outcome based program she has also successfully organized an annual regional AT conference, had the honor of leading a stellar team of professionals who are dedicated to helping people with disabilities live their dreams through the implementation of technology, and has become a greatly sought after speaker and consultant. Connie’s education includes a MA in Counseling Psychology & Education. She is a graduate of Leadership Rapid City and of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities. 

Andy MinnionAndy Minnion is Professor of Media Advocacy and Director of RIX Research and Media at the University of East London, a Centre that takes an inclusive and participatory approach to researching applications of digital media for people with intellectual disabilities. RIX develops and pilots software, working methods and implementation strategies for the use of the Web and multimedia to promote choice and control for people with disabilities and their families, with education, health and care service providers. Andy was awarded an MBE for Services to the Education of People with Special Needs’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2012.

Tammy MurnerTammy Murner is an Assistive Technology Technician at Black Hills works. In her 25 years with the company, she has fulfilled a variety of roles ranging from residential support to job coaching to maintenance assistance. Her wide ranging experience allows her to view every challenge from multiple perspectives, leading to well thought out plans and decisions that directly impact the attainment of personal outcomes for people she supports. Tammy believes that an assumption of competence and focus on abilities is critical to helping people achieve their dreams.

David O'HaraDavid O'Hara is the Chief Operating Officer of Westchester Institute for Human Development and Associate Professor at the School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College. Technology interests focus on the way smart technologies and accessible software applications can transform the person-centered planning process and outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by promoting self-direction and participation in community living alternatives. This includes how to provide structured supports for decision-making and the use of the Citizen’s Jury process for service model design.

Sherri PortnoySherri Portnoy, M.B.A., SPHR has worked in human services since 1994. Prior to joining NHS Human Services, she was employed as a health care consultant for a large law firm in Philadelphia, PA. As Vice President for Administration and Professional Services, her areas of responsibility include staff development, professional services, special projects, strategic planning, liaison to human resources and quality improvement for the division of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities services of NHS Human Services. She serves as Board Member for BARC and is chair of the Human Resources committee. She is a former adjunct faculty member of DeVry University, Philadelphia, PA.

Abe RafiAbe Rafi is charged with enabling The Arc to achieve the digital dimensions of its goals. He has organized and led product development teams to create online communities, mobile applications, websites and business intelligence tools for social change organizations such as Ashoka, Disability Rights International, and The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Abe is a long-time advocate for people with disabilities, having investigated human rights abuses in institutions for people with disabilities and trained human rights activists in Serbia, Turkey, and Russia. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Russia, 2002), a graduate of the University of Michigan and a sibling of a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Allen RayAllen Ray is the CEO and President of SimplyHome, LLC and CMI, Inc.; BS MTE University of Alabama 1982; Licensed PE (1988-1998); Certified Aging in Place Specialist; Since 1988, owned and operated several long-term-care companies dedicated to serving the elderly, veterans, physically disabled as well as children and adults with IID, TBI, MH, MI. Since 2004, SimplyHome has designed, engineered, developed and used enabling and assistive technology to increase independence and lower costs for funders, seniors and people with disabilities or special needs. Allen is a national speaker, presenter and instructor on assistive technology use to international & national associations, state agencies, provider groups as well as US Senate Committee on Aging; former appointee by NC Governor to NC Health Reform Commission and NCDD Managed Care Policy Group; former Board member and officer of NC AAIDD and NC DDFA; active member of several state associations; national member of ARC, NAIPC, AAIDD.

Kaitlyn RichardsonKaitlyn Richardson, MPP, is the Employment Programs Coordinator at Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is Project Coordinator for the Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change Project, and the NYS Project SEARCH Coordinator. Before joining SCDD, she worked at schools in Maine and New York and worked on education policy at the federal level in Washington, D.C. Kaitlyn received a Masters of Public Policy from American University and a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo. She is also certified to teach Social Studies in New York State 7th through 12th grade.

Shaleea ShieldsShaleea Shields has been with NHS Allegheny Valley School for twelve years. She also worked as the Director of Development for the Western Pa Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

Shaleea has held several positions during her time with NHS/AVS. Currently, her work consists of projects and committee involvement. She leads a committee writing policy for the IDD Division within NHS, heads the Career Enhancement Program at NHS/AVS, and currently is serving as a project manager on several Assistive Technology initiatives.

Greg WellemsGreg Wellem's career began 25 years ago as a direct support professional. For the last 25 years he has worked as the Chief Operating Officer with Imagine!, a service organization for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in Colorado. Greg is responsible for the development of many innovative programs designed to better meet the needs of individuals with cognitive disabilities. He has been a strong advocate for incorporating technology into human services and has developed software solutions that are being used by service providers across the nation. His current focus is on creating and incorporating technology to improve supports for individuals with disabilities. This focus has resulted in the development of Imagine!’s SmartHomes, which serve as a model for future supports for individuals with disabilities. Greg is a national consultant, speaking at conferences and assisting service provider organizations to strategically adopt technology into their services.


AbleLink Technologies

Altus Dynamics - Special Partner

AngelSense Inc.


CaraSolva, Inc.


CreateAbility Concepts, Inc.


Foothold Technology

Health Risk Screening

Intelidy Business Technologies


MediSked, LLC - Gold Partner


National DataCare Corporation

Relay Colorado

Relias Learning - Platinum Partner

Rest Assured

Sengistix, LLC

SimplyHome, LLC

Therap Services - Gold Partner

Exhibit Date

October 7, 2016. This is a one-day ANCOR Technology Summit & Showcase being held in conjunction with the Coleman Institute National Conference on October 6. There is no exhibiting on October 6; you only register for ANCOR’s Technology Summit on October 7. It will have plenty of exhibitor breaks.


Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield, Colorado (just outside Denver).

What Kind of Conference Is It?

  • It’s an opportunity for the registrants to learn about the technologies and innovations in the world of intellectual and developmental disabilities and how technology can be used to transform their organization and the services they offer (this event is held in conjunction with The University of Colorado’s Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities annual conference which is taking place the previous day - October 06).
  • It will focus on both assistive technology for cognitive disabilities as well as operational technology for the office, the field and the home. This will be accomplished with programming tracks interspersed with general sessions and panel oriented break-outs with innovation as the key.

Why Exhibit/Who’s Attending?

Over 150 registrants to include providers who are CEOs, COOs, Directors, IT and HR will be attending to see the latest technology in all areas of the I/DD field. Meet and converse with the movers, shakers and users of technology along with those who are now deciding on their future functionality needs.

Costs for Exhibiting

$550 per exhibit for day of exhibiting.


Contact Marsha Patrick, ANCOR’s Development Director, (703) 535-7850, ext. 110.

Exhibit Registration

Registration is closed.