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The Arc MinnesotaSoutheast Region is pleased to present our second annual Assistive Technology Expo. The 2018 expo will feature expanded programs, added attractions and exciting new partnerships with Destination Medical Center (DMC),  Mayo Clinic disABILITIES Resource Group and Minnesota STAR Program.

DISCOVER AMAZING!  Exhibits showcasing the latest assistive technology products and services  + Keynote speaker Nicolas Dibble (TEDxZumbroRiver 2017)  +  Expert panel discussions  +  The Assistive Tech Challenge, a pitch competition presented by Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square

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Saturday, November 3
 

10:00am CDT

10:30am CDT

Keynote Speaker: Using Assistive Technology to Care for a Child with Severe Disabilities
Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Dibble

Nicholas Dibble

Mayo Clinic
Nicholas Dibble is a Principal Information Security Engineer at Mayo Clinic. He has been an engineer and held technology leadership positions for nearly 20 years in the Information Security & Technology fields. Nicholas conducts independent research in the areas of security, emerging... Read More →


Saturday November 3, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am CDT
Heintz Center Commons - Stage

11:30am CDT

Finding, Assessing and Acquiring Assistive Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Summary
Did you know that assistive technology can help people with disabilities function more independently at home, school, work, and in their communities?

During this panel discussion, you will learn how to use a person-centered framework to find, access, and acquire assistive technology through a variety of state programs and services, including Minnesota’s Guide to Assistive Technology . You will also learn how to create your own funding plan as well as how to locate resources to help pay for needed assistive technology.

Hosted by: Minnesota Star Program

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Campbell

Jonathan Campbell

Assistive Technology Specialist, Minnesota State Services for the Blind
Jonathan Campbell works as an Assistive Technology Specialist for Minnesota State Services for the Blind. He helps low vision and blind Minnesotans stay independent with technology through assessments, technical assistance, and hands-on training. Before working for the state Jonathan... Read More →
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Kursten Dubbels

Assistive Technology Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Kursten Dubbels is the assistive technology specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education. Her work includes a focus on systems improvement through professional development and building local capacity. Kursten is a licensed social worker as well as an educator.
avatar for Jennifer Giesen

Jennifer Giesen

Staff Attorney, Minnesota Disability Law Center
Jennifer Giesen graduated from William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude, in 1997.  Following a judicial clerkship, Ms. Giesen joined the Minnesota Disability Law Center as a staff attorney in 1999.  For the last 19 years, she has represented people with disabilities in their... Read More →
avatar for Anna MacIntyre

Anna MacIntyre

Minnesota Department of Human Services
Anna MacIntyre has a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Evaluation and has over 20 years’ experience working with people with disabilities in a variety of capacities. She has been with the Minnesota DHS’ Disability... Read More →



Saturday November 3, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
HA-134 Heintz Center

12:00pm CDT

Assistive Tech Challenge - Open Division Presentations
Hosted by: Destination Medical Center Discovery Square

The Assistive Tech Challenge is a pitch competition that seeks solutions to:
  • Alleviating barriers to employment;
  • Reducing the need for and/or easing the demands of direct support on care providers;
  • Developing social skills that better enable people with and without disabilities to interact and cultivate meaningful relationships; and
  • Improving access to the community through public infrastructure.

There are two divisions:
  • Open (community-based teams and students)
  • Professional (corporations formed with annual revenues not exceeding $250,000)

$15,000 will be awarded by The Arc Minnesota to the first and second place winners in each division to further advance their idea. First Place will receive $5,000. Second Place will receive $2,500.
All first and second place teams will be eligible to participate in the Walleye Tank pitch competition in Rochester, MN on December 7, 2018.



Saturday November 3, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Heintz Center Commons - Stage

1:00pm CDT

Utililizing Assistive Technology to Expand Employment Opportunities
Limited Capacity seats available

Objectives for this panel presentation are to help people understand the value and impact of assistive technology in the work place through personal and professional testimonies.  Identify solutions to successfully implement, learn, and sustain the use of technology as job demands change over time. The presentation will include an introduction to Punch-In!, a project of the Great Lakes ADA Center, that is designed to help young adults with disabilities be successful with their employment endeavors.

Hosted by: Mayo Clinic disABILITY Employment Resource Group

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Ehlke

Stephen Ehlke

Return to Work Consultant, Recovery and Claims Services, Mayo Clinic
Stephen is a Return to Work Consultant for Mayo Clinic. He works extensively with employees, supervisors and care teams in coordinating return to work services for injured or ill employees, including the coordination and implementation of accommodations in the workplace. Prior to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Jacobson

Jennifer Jacobson

Assistive technology user, Mayo Clinic - Radiology Office Support
Jennifer started at Mayo Clinic in February 1989. She has worked in the Department of Radiology her entire career. During her tenure, a vast majority of the time has been spent in the Division of Nuclear Medicine where she is a medical secretary. Jennifer supports a combination... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Maloney

Michelle Maloney

Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator, Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care Sysytem
Michelle is the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Specialist for the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. She serves as the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator and works to develop and implement diversity and inclusion initiatives for targeted groups, including people with disabilities... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson

Assistive technology user, Mayo Clinic - Patient Financial Services
avatar for Janet Peters

Janet Peters

Program Coordinator, Great Lakes ADA Center
Janet has 20 years of experience with technology for people with disabilities.  She has worked extensively with business entities, state and local governments, and education institutions to maximize technology use to further opportunities for individuals with disabilities. She is... Read More →



Saturday November 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
HA-134 Heintz Center

1:30pm CDT

Assistive Tech Challenge - Professional Division Presentations
Hosted by: Destination Medical Center Discovery Square

The Assistive Tech Challenge is a pitch competition that seeks solutions to:
  • Alleviating barriers to employment;
  • Reducing the need for and/or easing the demands of direct support on care providers;
  • Developing social skills that better enable people with and without disabilities to interact and cultivate meaningful relationships; and
  • Improving access to the community through public infrastructure.

There are two divisions:
  • Open (community-based teams and students)
  • Professional (corporations formed with annual revenues not exceeding $250,000)

$15,000 will be awarded by The Arc Minnesota to the first and second place winners in each division to further advance their idea. First Place will receive $5,000. Second Place will receive $2,500.

All first and second place teams will be eligible to participate in the Walleye Tank pitch competition in Rochester, MN on December 7, 2018.

Saturday November 3, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Heintz Center Commons - Stage

3:00pm CDT

Assistive Tech Challenge - Awards Presentation
Hosted by: Destination Medical Center:

There are two divisions:
  • Open (community-based teams and students)
  • Professional (corporations formed with annual revenues not exceeding $250,000)
$15,000 will be awarded by The Arc Minnesota to the first and second place winners in each division to further advance their idea. First Place will receive $5,000. Second Place will receive $2,500.

All first and second place teams will be eligible to participate in the Walleye Tank pitch competition in Rochester, MN on December 7, 2018.

Saturday November 3, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm CDT
Heintz Center Commons - Stage