The Break Out Group Topics are:

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1. How to Find a Technology Partner

David Wetherow

David Wetherow

11:30am – 12:10pm

Having someone to help you with your technology is crucial. Learn how to find your own technology partner.

2. What is Artificial Intelligence, ChatGPT?

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Mark Friedman, George Wood, and AJ Naatz

11:30am – 12:10pm

Learn how Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT will change all of our lives and the potential benefits and worries for people with disabilities.

3. What is a Smart Home and How Can it Help Me?

Alexa Brill

Alexa and Kathy Brill

11:30am – 12:10pm

Hear Alexa show you her own Smart Home and how it has helped her live on her own with support.

4. How Do You Obtain Funding for Tech?

Ben Laudermilch

Ben Laudermilch, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation

11:30am – 12:10pm

Learn how you can receive a loan to purchase assistive technology and information about Smart Homes.

5. Remote Supports (Staff are Just a Phone Call Away)

Gregg Kelinson

Gregg Kelinson, KenCrest

11:30am – 12:10pm

Hear the Ken Crest journey to becoming one of the leaders in providing Remote Supports to the people they support.

6. VoiceiTT (Communication Translator for People with Hard to Understand Speech)

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Sandra and John Pearson

11:30am – 12:10pm

VoiceiTT translated for people with difficult speech to be able to use the web and technology.

7. Staying Safe on the Internet

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Nancy Nowell and Shannon Dunning

11:30am – 12:10pm

The web has marvelous benefits and many dangers. Learn how to stay safe.

8. Using Technology to Get and Keep a Job

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Eric Erickson and Jennifer White

11:30am – 12:10pm

Learn how technology is helping people obtain never before jobs and keep them through the use of technology.

9. How to Apply to the $30/mo Affordable Connectivity Program?

David Savolaine

David Savolaine, FCC

11:30am – 12:10pm

Learn how you can save $30 every month off your Internet bill (Federal Communications Commission).

10. How to Google Search Your Favorite Things

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Luriel Balaurea and Alex Smith

11:30am – 12:10pm

Learn how to find things on the Internet using Google Search and other tips and tricks.

11. Tecnología Para Todos (Spanish Group)


11:30am – 12:10pm

Spanish Translation will be provided

12. Open Conversation About Technology: Meet New People


11:30am – 12:10pm

Gather with other participants and share your experiences.

13. How Can Alexa Voice Assistant Help You?

David Taylor

David Taylor

11:30am – 12:10pm

Here all the things Alexa can help you do.

14. Unleash Your Power: How Technology Supports Self-Directed Services

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Robert and Pamela Zotynia and Robert Melusky

11:30am – 12:10pm

Learn how the Office of Developmental Programs is promoting the use of technology. Learn how Robert uses technology to take control of his everyday life.

15. Assistive Technology

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Sandra McNally, Temple U, TechOwl, IOD

11:30am – 12:10pm

“Imagine, Discover, Explore, Decide, and Get” Assistive Technology.

16. Having Fun on the Internet

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Sherry Stansbury

11:30am – 12:10pm

Come learn how self-advocates are having fun on the web.

17. Learn Tips on How to Use the Internet to Promote Independence for School and Employment

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Renee Oliver

11:30am – 12:10pm

Many advocates have found the web to be a valuable tool. Learn from the best.

18. Social Media

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Tieshka Smith

11:30am – 12:10pm

Facebook, Instagram, TikTok. Learn how to use them effectively and for fun.

19. Making a Difference in Your Community

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Ruth and Sarah Trites

11:30am – 12:10pm

Meet Sarah from Maine and how she uses the web to be an important part of her community.

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Here is a list of our Partners

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The Summit is Sponsored by Vision for Equality and Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services.

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