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Last Minute Gift Ideas to Help the Gadget Junkie on Your Shopping List through the Pandemic

December 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Session Description:  By popular demand, the TEC Lab will be hosting a session to help you shop for the gadget lovers on your shopping list.  You can expect to learn about all types of products – from low tech solutions designed to address everyday challenges to high tech devices that give people the freedom to focus on the things that really matter.  In the midst of a global pandemic life just seem so complicated – from figuring out how to stay in touch with your loved ones to keeping yourself engaged, positive, and productive.  The TEC Lab will provide you with practical ideas on how to address these challenges by sharing favorite gadgets as well as tips for success. 

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.


Member: $25.00

Non-Member: $20.00

CEUs:  We will be offering CEUs for this event.  


December 17, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm