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The History of Remote Supports & Everything You Need to Know to Get Started in a “Social Distancing Support” Era

September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Session Description:  What an amazing time to be providing services and supports to people with disabilities! The technological age we live in is enabling more and more possibilities for everyone and helping us navigate through this crazy social distancing support era. This crash course in Remote Supports will highlight the 18-year history of the services and give you the cliff notes version of “everything you need to know” to start implementing Remote Supports the right way today.

Speaker Bio:  Dustin Wright has been supporting people with disabilities for 20+ years.  He is proud to state he began this career track as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) while pursuing his education at Purdue University.  After graduation, he worked through the ranks and ultimately served as a Director of Program Services for the same organization – overseeing and ensuring services for approximately 300 individuals.

In 2006, Dustin co-founded a remote supports company, Rest Assured, and served as the Executive Director until 2019.  In this role he has overseen the provision of remote supports to thousands of people with varying abilities in 24 states.  

He is a 2018 Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities and Technology DIGS Grant recipient.  Dustin has also assisted the States of Tennessee, Ohio, Maine, the District of Columbia, and other states in developing and modifying Medicaid Waiver regulation and funding structures to include more options for technology enabled supports. 

Dustin founded Disability Cocoon in May 2018.  He describes it as a disability technology catalyst organization that helps the disability community discover, learn, and implement enabling technology solutions that foster opportunities for increased independence. 


     Member:  $20.00

     Non-Member:  $25.00

CEUs:  We are pleased to inform you that 2 continuing education hour(s) (CEs) are approved for the above training event for the following licensed professionals: • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor • Licensed Clinical Social Worker • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator • Licensed Professional Counselor • Licensed Social Worker • Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse & Advanced Practice Nurse.  Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDPs) may apply the same hours of continuing education units earned from this conference toward their twelve hour annual continuing education requirement.


Funding provided in whole or in part by The Autism Program of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Human Services in collaboration with the Technology Enhancing Capabilities (TEC) Lab.  



September 17
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm