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Trinity’s National Association of QDDPs to host Illinois' first-ever assistive technology conference of its kind this June

May 17, 2017

NEW LENOX, IL — Trinity Services, Inc.’s National Association of Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals has partnered with the Illinois Division of Developmental Disabilities and the Coleman Foundation to plan the first assistive technology conference — A Day Long Look at Assistive Technology — to ever be held in Illinois on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6 and 7, at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

The conference will provide information about how assistive technology makes the seemingly impossible become possible.

Stakeholders including, but not limited to, people with disabilities, their families, providers and community employers are encouraged to attend.

Day 1 of the conference will focus on sharing information with families, decision-makers and direct support staff about how the application of current technologies can increase independence for people with disabilities.

Keynote speakers include Richard Ellenson, CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and Alice Brouhard, a registered nurse who works to help people with memory and cognitive challenges use technology to improve their quality of life.

Breakout sessions will cover topics like how assistive technology can help people become more independent, how technology can be used to help people navigate their communities and what types of remote monitoring supports are available for people who can live independently.

The goal of this day is to provide the information that will empower families, providers and people with disabilities to seek technological tools and supports that promote increased independence, less reliance on staff and a greater integration within communities for people who have disabilities.

Day 2 of the conference will guide attendees through the process of creating several pieces of assistive technology with inexpensive and readily available supplies. In addition to taking the products they build with them, participants will also learn about a wide variety of commercially available assistive technologies with proven track records. 

The goal of this day is to inspire participants to identify and creatively approach solutions to the challenges that they or the people they support face. 

Post-conference, NAQ plans to keep attendees engaged by soliciting and sharing ideas and innovations through teleconferences, forums, webinars, social media and written materials. 

Attendees can register for one or both days of the conference online at QDDP.org. Space is particularly limited on Day 2, so attendees are encouraged to reserve their tickets early.

NAQ is nationally known for providing outstanding training to professionals in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field. For more information, visit QDDP.org.

Trinity Services, Inc. is a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Trinity serves more than 3,500 people in 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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