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GLITCH: Empowering Transition Through Technology Conference

When students with disabilities Grow, Learn and Innovate with TeCHnology (GLITCH), they create, shape and maximize their abilities. Please join us as we explore tools, applications, and practices to help students successfully transition to the world of work, post-secondary learning, and independent living!

Family/Professional Conference Schedule

  • 8:15am – 9:00am – Registration (Jorgensen)
  • 9:00am – 10:00am – Welcome/Housekeeping/Keynote (Jorgensen)
  • 10:00am – 10:10am – Break/Transition to IT Building
  • 10:10am – 10:55am – Session A (IT)
  • 11:00am – 11:45am – Session B (IT)
  • 11:50am – 12:20pm – Lunch pick up at IT (sit where you want)
  • 12:25pm – 1:00pm – Stories of Success (Jorgensen)
  • 1:00pm – 1:30pm – Resource Fair (Jorgensen)
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Session C (Jorgensen)

Keynote: Achieving Success through Assistive Technology

Therese Willkomm

Therese Willkomm, PhD, is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Willkomm has been engaged in providing/managing assistive technology services for over 28 years in the areas of the home, school, and worksite modifications for persons with disabilities. She is known nationally and internationally as “The MacGyver of Assistive Technology” and for her work in rural rehabilitation technology.  In this keynote, Dr. Willkomm will share her personal journey with Tourette Syndrome and Learning Disabilities and how the use and application of assistive technology can lead to educational and vocational success, inspiring us through her story to frame weaknesses as strengths in a world seen as upside down, inside out and backwards.

Stories of Success

Join us for a panel discussion and question and answer session from individuals who are currently transitioning or who have transitioned successfully into their adult lives. The audience will learn about the panelists’ individual triumphs, as well as how they met challenging obstacles and worked towards post-secondary success.

How to Register

To register, review and chose three breakout sessions of interest (see listing below), then go to: http://supac.org/training/glitch-empower-transition-technology/glitch-family-professional-registration/

Breakout Sessions


An Overview of Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text Technologies

Presented by Diana Williams and Kelly Kinsella

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of Assistive Technology options for reading and writing to help students be more successful in their academic program.  It will include but not limited to: Speech to Text, Text to Speech, Word Prediction, and Bookshare.  This includes options for all platforms including, PC, Mac, Chromebook, and tablets.


College is an Option–Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Presented by Martha Mock, Ph.D., Professor of Education, University of Rochester

Come learn about college options for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. New York has many colleges that are a part of this national movement to help ALL students achieve their dream of going to college and continuing their education. This session is intended for everyone–whether you are just learning about options, or if you are looking for information for yourself, your students or family members all are welcome.


Technology for Successful Transitions

Presented by TRAID – Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities

One avenue to aid transition to college, employment, and/or independent living is the TRAID program, which is an assistive and adaptive technology and equipment lending program that is free to the public.  We’ll discuss some of the wide variety of high and low technology items that help promote independence both at home, at work, and/or at college, and how the TRAID program can help with equipment loans and device demonstrations to aid in decision-making before purchase.


Supporting College Students through Technology: Overview of Accessibility

Presented by college consortium of disability services staff from local colleges.

This session will provide an overview of technology-related options for students with disabilities at the postsecondary level.  It will focus specifically on the importance of utilizing various technologies, including those that assist with communication, organization, reading and writing.


Proactive Approaches and Key Considerations for Transition to Life after High School for People on the Autism Spectrum

Presented by Crystal Hilts from The Kelberman Center

As supports shift from school to community services it is necessary to identify possible resources, different eligibility criteria and levels of support for a seamless transition. This workshop will explore how teachers, parents and students with Autism can use a strength based approach to address executive functioning, self-advocacy, communication and social interaction needs to ensure a smooth transition into adulthood. Another goal of this breakout session is to explore what is available within your community using technology and apps.


“Count Me In”: Why Work Experiences for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Matter

Presented by Robert Myers, Ph.D., from The Kelberman Center

Using original research this workshop will explore predictors of success for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We will complete an overview of data sets from the National Longitudinal Study for Students with Disabilities, review surveys and interviews used and discuss key factors for successful employment.


Adult Career & Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) & Working Solutions: What Every Parent and Educator Should Know

Presented by Charlene Levonski and Marietta Dunckel from Working Solutions and Patti Williams from ACCES-VR

Please join us to learn about ACCES-VR and the Working Solutions Career Centers (American Job Centers). We will share information about resources, services, and programs to consider in transition planning for students with disabilities. Eligibility requirements and the application/registration process will be explained. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) Youth Program and the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) will be discussed. The Career Centers and ACCES-VR work in close partnership to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities in a variety of ways, such as providing potential funding for approved training programs, employment readiness, and assistance with obtaining and maintaining employment. We encourage you to bring any questions that you may have.


Wait, Wait, Don’t be Late: Understand How Care Coordination is Changing within OPWDD Services

Presented by Regional Affiliates

Care Coordination for people who receive services from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) will be changing. Currently, services for people with developmental disabilities are coordinated by Medicaid Service Coordinators (MSC). OPWDD is now moving to a new approach called People First Care Coordination.  People First Care Coordination will combine services for developmental disabilities with health, wellness, or behavioral health services to create a single, integrated and individualized Life Plan. This new system will have as its foundation the creation of Care Coordination Organizations (CCOs). If you currently have an MSC and are eligible for OPWDD services, come learn more about this change and meet CCOs servicing your region.


Ask the Transition Specialists

Presenters are a consortium of professionals that share an expertise on the transition planning process.

Do you have questions around the transition process?  Do you wonder what should be happening “next”?  This panel will have practitioners currently in the field that will be happy to field questions about this very topic.  Feel free to generate questions beforehand or on the spot.  Be advised that we are not able to answer specific IEP questions but will discuss best practices and current regulations around the transition process.


Apps, Accessories, and Adaptations for Executive Function Impairments

Presented by Therese Willkomm

Discover over 25 different apps, devices, and adaptations that can be used to help individuals who experience executive function impairments in perform tasks at work, at school, or in the community.  Examples include: apps for finding and reminding; remembering and performing tasks in sequence; prompting devices; and organizational strategies.


Living the Dream

Presented by Bryony Grealish

As you learned during the “Stories of Success” Bryony was born with a rare genetic condition and is the proud owner of The Fingerless Kitchen. Bryony hopes to inspire others with disabilities to start their own business and create a career working for themselves. Come learn more about her journey and ask her questions about how she got where she is today!

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