Free Technology Summit for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Everyone uses technology
and so can you!
The Summit is Virtual and Free.

Thursday, June 15, 2023
9:00am – 12:30pm ET*

*ET for Eastern Time

For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier.
For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.

 IBM, 1991

The Technology for all Summit will showcase the many ways technology is enhancing people’s freedom, independence and self-determination. There will be 20 sessions to choose from. Attendees will be able to select from a range of topics that interest them.

A girl using a mouse on her computer

Some of the sessions include:

1. Staying Safe on the Internet.
2. Setting up a Smart Home
3. Remote Supports: Staff Are Just a Phone Call Away
4. Using Technology to Get a Job
5. How to Save Money on Your Internet Bill
6. Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT
7. Using Alexa for independence

Click here to see full list.

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The virtual Tech Summit is for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, family members, allies, professionals and tech experts.


Dr. Tanis is a well-respected professor from the University of Kansas. Her research is focused on how technology can benefit people with disabilities. As the Director of the Project of National Significance, State of the States, she is an expert on “Technology for All” projects in more than 15 states across the US.

Dr. Tanis will discuss how technology is disrupting all aspects of our lives and the impact it can have on people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She will explore how technology can provide new opportunities and support for individuals with disabilities to live more independently, work more effectively, and participate more fully in their communities.

Dr. Tanis will explore challenges that arise with the use of technology. This includes issues related to privacy, security, and accessibility. She will discuss how we can ensure that technology is designed and implemented in ways that are inclusive and accessible to all, particularly those who are traditionally underrepresented in technology development.

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A photo of Dr. Michael Gowen McCormick

Michael Gamel-McCormick, PhD, is the Disability Policy Director for Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. He held a similar position in the office of Sen. Tom Harkin, as well as being Sen. Harkin’s senior education staffer. He began his career as an early childhood education teacher, teaching in inclusive settings. He also was a special education technical assistance provider for over 40 counties and cities in Virginia. For 15 years, he was a professor and dean at the University of Delaware as well as the director of the university’s Center for Disabilities Studies. He earned his doctorate in human development and education from Virginia Commonwealth University, his masters in family and school counseling from the University of Wisconsin, and his B.S. in early childhood education and B.A. in psychology from the University of Delaware.

Learn from our Partners

And many others.

Three Alexa Echo Dot 5 will be given away as door prizes

but you must be present to win.

Tech Host Agencies

Each agency is supporting at least five people with disabilities to fully participate in the Tech Summit.

  • Achieva (Steve Suroviec)
  • Networks for Training and Development (Shauna Roman)
  • Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities (Lisa Tesler)
  • Values into Action (Marian Frattarola-Saulino)
  • Families CCAN (Sara Crimm)
  • Center at the Hampton House (Karen Velocci)
  • KenCrest Services (Gregg Kelinson)
  • Keystone Human Services
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A logo of Philadelphia Intellectual Disability Services

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

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