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!
Here is a letter to parents explaining the day.
Student Conference Schedule (whole day is in Jorgensen)
8:15am – 9:00am – Registration
9:00am – 10:00am – Welcome/Housekeeping/Keynote
10:00am – 10:10am – Transition and Break
10:10am – 10:55am – Session A
11:05am – 11:50am – Session B
11:55am – 12:20pm – Lunch
12:25am – 1:00pm – Stories of Success
1:00pm – 1:30pm – Resource Fair
1:30pm – Dismissal
Keynote: Achieving Success through Assistive Technology
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 two breakout sessions of interest (see listing below), then go to: http://supac.org/training/glitch-empower-transition-technology/glitch-student-registration/ or download and print a copy of the registration form.
Transitioning from High School to College: What You Need to Know
Presented by college consortium of disability services staff from local colleges
Presenters will help you get ready for your responsibilities in college. Topics such as how to be a self-advocate, available assisted technology, understanding the personal and academic differences from high school to college, and providing information to assist you with the procedures and paperwork for accommodations beyond high school will be discussed.
Low Tech on the Fly: Ordinary Items Create Extraordinary Solutions
Presenter: Therese Willkomm
This session will discuss and demonstrate over 50 ordinary items that can be used to create hundreds of solutions in minutes to accommodate for physical, sensory and intellectual impairments. Participants will all make a take a Pocket Eileen home with them. This is a portable, adjustable, collapsible device that can be used for supporting documents; book; iPADs, smartphones, and for QR code scanning for low vision.
Successfully Navigating Technology!
Presenter: Mica Gonzalez from Youth Power!
Technology offers a wide array of options that can help us reach our goals. Also, learn how to affectively share your story and how to utilize it in different platforms. Join the Central Regional Youth Partner from YOUTH POWER! in this interactive workshop to learn safe practices, how to engage effectively in technology as well as how navigate all these wonderful tools!
Adult Career & Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and Working Solutions: What Youth Should Know
Presenters: Tanisha Taylor and Marietta Dunckel from Working Solutions and Allene Monaghan from ACCES-VR
Are you planning to look for a job after finishing High School? Or are you considering post-secondary education? Come learn how ACCES-VR and the Working Solutions Career Centers (American Job Centers) can help. Both ACCES-VR and the Career Centers assist individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment. Funding for approved training programs may also be available. During this session, you will learn about resources, services, and programs available, including the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) Youth Program. Eligibility requirements and the application/registration process will be explained. Often times, individuals will receive services through both ACCES-VR and the Career Center.
Through the Same Door: A Story of Self-Advocacy, Assistive Technology and Success
Presenter: Micah Fialka-Feldmen
Micah Fialka-Feldman is a self-advocate, teaching assistant, outreach coordinator, national speaker, and pioneer who fights for disability-pride, justice, and inclusion. He is part of the first wave of adults with intellectual disabilities attending college and in 2008, Micah won a federal lawsuit which upheld his right to live in the university dorm. Micah earned a certificate in Disability Studies from Syracuse University in 2015. Micah currently lives in Syracuse, NY where he co-teaches classes in inclusive education and disability studies. He is an outreach coordinator at the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education. In May of 2014, Micah was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. He is featured in Dan Habib’s new documentary film, Intelligent Lives. Come meet Micah and learn how he has used assistive technology and natural supports to get to where he is today.