2019 Directors Forum & Mid-Year Conference

2019 Directors Forum & Mid-Year Conference

The Future is Now: 
Using Technology in I/DD Services

June 4 – 6, 2019
Sheraton Grand Seattle
Seattle, Washington


Technology influences nearly every aspect of our lives! It is embedded in today’s society in almost every interaction. State I/DD agencies are learning about the benefits of incorporating technologies and remote supports into everyday service and support provision for people with I/DD through research and development. As states continue to improve systems to support home and community-based services, an opportunity also arises to embrace new and emerging technologies to promote independence and inclusive lives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The conference will provide opportunities to:

  • Learn about innovative technology strategies and approaches
  • Learn from state colleagues about funding technology in home and community-based services
  • Learn about state initiatives to use technology to improve people’s quality of life, and increase independence and personal freedom.

We are delighted to introduce our opening keynote speaker:

Dr. Meredith Ringel Morris
Principal Researcher and Research Manager at Microsoft Research

Meredith Ringel MorrisMs. Ringel Morris is also an affiliate professor at the University of Washington in The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering and in The Information School. Dr. Morris leads Microsoft Research’s Ability team, which conducts research in HCI and AI with the goal of developing innovative technologies that extend the capabilities of and enhance quality of life for people with disabilities. She is an internationally recognized expert in human-computer interaction, and has conducted foundational research in several areas including gesture design, social search, and accessibility. She has served as technical program chair of the ACM CHI, CSCW, ASSETS, and Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces conferences. Dr. Morris is a member of the TOCHI editorial board, and is a past member of the CHI and CSCW steering committees. She has been recognized as one of Technology Review’s "35 under 35" for her work on collaborative web search, and was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist for her contributions to HCI research. She is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles, many of which have been recognized with best paper awards; her publications are available at aka.ms/merrie


Marian Frattarola-SaulinoMarian Frattarola-Saulino
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Values in Action

Gillian MaguireGillian Maguire (CBRE)
Program Manager
Microsoft RE&F’s Supported Employment Program

Brian CollinsBrian Collins (REANDF)
Workplace Employee Engagement
Supported Employment and Change Management Program

Jennifer TennicanJennifer Tennican
Director / Producer
Hearts of Glass - A Vertical Farm Takes Root in Wyoming

Daniel DavisDaniel K. Davies
Founder & President
AbleLink Smart Living Technologies

Wendy Parent-JohnsonDr. Wendy Parent-Johnson
Executive Director
Sonoran UCEDD 
Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Arizona

Julie ChristiansonJulie Christenson, LMSW, Ph.D.
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)

Emily Shea TanisEmily Shea Tanis Ph.D.
Acting Executive Director
Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
University of Colorado

Marc J. Tassé

Marc J. Tassé
Ohio State University Nisonger Center


Retirement Dinner for
Mary Lee Fay
Tuesday, June 4 - 6:00 PM

Directors Forum
Tuesday, June 4
(8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Mid-Year Conference
Wednesday, June 5
(8:30 AM - 4:45 PM)

Mid-Year Conference
Thursday, June 6
(8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Plenary Panel
How Providers are Using Technology
Everyday Lives in Action: One Organization’s Use of Independent Living Technology in Pennsylvania


Co-Founder and Executive Director
Values in Action



Wally Tablit
Vice President
Mission Services

THS Remote Support Services


Adam Shoemaker
Total Care Solutions

Plenary Panel
What It Means To Be Engaged In Employment: Perspectives from Large Companies


Jeff Casem
Leaves & Supported Employment and Employee Assistance Programs
King County Disability Services

Christina Davidson
Supported Employment Program
King County Disability Services

Introduction and What We Do


Gillian Maguire (CBRE)
Program Manager
Microsoft Real Estate and Facilities Supported Employment Program

Austin Landon
Project Coordinator
Microsoft Real Estate and Facilities Supported Employment Program

Brian Collins (REANDF)
Microsoft's Workplace Employee Engagement,
Supported Employment, and Change Management Program

Employment and Beyond


Devon Adelman
Lab/Office Aide
Universal Cells, an Astellas Company

Plenary Panel
Technology at the Forefront in Washington State


Marsha Threlkeld
Pivotal Consulting



Paul Clements, MSW
Assistive Technology Consultant

Plenary Panel
State of the States in the Use of Technology


Emily Shea Tanis Ph.D.
Acting Executive Director, Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
University of Colorado
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Remote Support Technologies: Promoting Independence, Self determination, and Quality of Life


Marc J. Tassé
Director, Nisonger Center – UCEDD
Professor, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry
The Ohio State University

Missouri is Technology First


Valerie Huhn
Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities



Mary Brogan                                                                                                                                                                Administrator                                                                                                                                                                  Hawaii Developmental Disabilities Division

Thursday, June 6, 2019


Enhancing Quality of Life with Person-Centered Cognitive


Daniel K. Davies
Founder & President
AbleLink Smart Living Technologies

Plenary Panel
What Does National Core Indicators Tell Us About The Use And Impact Of Assistive Technology?


Valerie Bradley
President Emerita
Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)

Alixe Bonardi
NCI Project Director
Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)

Funding and Utilizing Technology for Bigger and Better Outcomes in
Competitive Employment


Shaun Wood
Senior Program Manager

Just In Time Employment Supports


Wendy Parent-Johnson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Sonoran UCEDD, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
College of Medicine at the University of Arizona

Julie Christensen, LMSW, PhD
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)