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Create Your Own Smart Home Using Off-The-Shelf Products

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Session Description:  By popular request, the TEC Lab will be hosting a session to help you create your very own smart home (or smart environment) using off the shelf products.  The availability (and, relative affordability) of mainstream “smart” devices means that people with disabilities no longer have to rely on others to fully access and navigate their environments.  In addition, such commercially available products are universally designed to benefit all people – single use and cumbersome devices are no longer the norm for people with disabilities.  In this session, presenters will demonstrate how to pair smart plugs and other accessories with a virtual assistant to automate your environment and create routines.

Speaker Bio:  Richard Harrington has worked with people with disabilities for over 20 years.  He is a founding member of the Technology Enhancing Capabilities Lab (TEC Lab) – a division of Trinity Services, Inc.  Prior to coming to Illinois, Richard was employed by a community support provider for 14 years fulfilling a number of roles – from a direct supporter to case manager to assistive technology professional.  In his position as an AT professional he was responsible for researching, developing and implementing a wide variety of assistive technologies for people with developmental and physical disabilities.  Richard is a self-proclaimed “gadget guy,” who has a passion for helping people be as independent as possible. His open-minded approach and extensive knowledge of assistive technology make him a highly sought after resource for the people served, families and staff members. Richard is an experienced speaker at regional and national conferences.

Speaker Bio:  Connie Melvin is a founding member of the Technology Enhancing Capabilities Lab (TEC Lab) – a division of Trinity Services, Inc.  She also serves as the Director of the National Association of QIDPs – a member association dedicated to providing cutting edge tools, information, and resources to disability professionals across the country.  Prior to coming to Illinois, Connie developed an assistive technology program from the ground up for a large community-based provider and spearheaded the initiative for assistive technology adoption in another state, which resulted in a number of successful pilot programs as well as the implementation of highly regarded best practices.  In addition to her work in the area of assistive technology, Connie has served a case manager, staff trainer, and supervisor of residential services.  A lifelong student herself, she recognizes the value in providing learning opportunities to others and, as a result, has designed and hosted several regional and national conferences dedicated to this purpose.  Connie is a highly sought speaker and consultant.  She is graduate of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities and earned her MA in Counseling Psychology & Education.

CEUs:  We will be offering CEUs for this event.


Member: $20.00

Non-Member: $25.00

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January 21
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm