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Enabling Technology

Technology solution can assist persons supported in its programs to fulfill their life goals, engage with their communities, and increase their self-reliance. Enabling technology includes a varitety of possible supports, such as tele-caregiving, remote sensors and mobile applications. 

DIDD is pleased to announce that the first person participating in the department’s Enabling Technology test moved into his new home in spring of 2018. You can watch a video on Carl Lipford's first moments utilizing new technology to support his dreams of employment and living on his own in the community. 

Tennessee's 2nd Annual Enabling Technology Summit at the Hotel Preston in Nashville, TN on September 12-13, 2018 was a smashing success.  This summit presented Enabling Technology from new viewpoints.  A nationally known roster of speakers offered unique insights into the transformational potential of Enabling Technology. Other speakers representing the provider point of view described the transformation process they led at their organizations, the profound impact it had on people using these Enabling Technology options, and the culture change that ensued within their organizations.

This year’s summit began at 1:00 p.m. on September 12, 2018 and concluded at noon on September 13, 2018.  An evening reception was held on 12th for attendees to interact with several technology vendors and learn more about the potential uses at their agencies.

2018 Enabling Technology Summit Video Recap

Presentations available.
You can view the available presentations listed in the agendas below. 

September 12, 2018

1:00 - 1:15

1:15 - 2:45
Technology…Making the Impossible, Possible! (View Presentation)
Alice Brouhard, Parent and Founding Member, Families at the Forefront of Technology

2:45 - 3:00

3:00 - 4:00
Technology - the Elephant in the Room of Long Term Support Services (View Presentation)
Susan Seehase, Iowa Association of Community Provider

4:00 - 5:00
Tennessee’s Enabling Tech Panel Discussion
Featuring Representatives from the Four Inaugural Pilot Agencies and DIDD Tech Champions

5:00 - 7:00
Reception, Cash Bar, Hors d’Oeuvres

September 13, 2018

7:30 - 8:30
Breakfast Served

8:00 - 8:30
Morning Speakers TBA

8:30 - 9:30
Integrating Enabling Technology in Supporting Individuals with Disabilities (View Presentation)
Jerry Bernard, Executive Director, Charles Lea Center

9:30 - 9:45

9:45 - 10:00
Partnering in Technology
Ann Eubank, BlueCare Tennessee

10:00 - 11:00
Moving the Needle - Incorporating Smart Supports into Services (View Presentation)
Greg Wellems, Executive Director, Keystone Human Services

Summit Concludes

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View the Sponsor / Vendor flyer for the Summit.

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Enabling Technology Vendors

This link will take you to the Ablelink website:

This link will take you to the Assured website:

This link will take you to the NightOwl website:

This link will take you to the Oneder website:

This link will take you to the Sengistix website:

This link will take you to the SimplyHome website:

Carl's Enabling Technology Part 1: How employment and person-centered practices helped him fulfill his goals for independence

Carl's Enabling Technology Part 2: a look inside his new and independent life