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Enabling Technology Summit

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DIDD’s 3rd Annual Enabling Technology Summit will be held on September 25 - 26 at the Southwestern Conference Center in Nashville.  More Details will be posted on this page as they become available.

Enabling Technology Summit 2019


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

  • 1:00 p.m.:  Summit Begins, Housekeeping Items
  • 1:05 p.m.:  DIDD Commissioner Brad Turner Remarks
  • 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.: The National Landscape for Tech First: Past, Present, and Future—Dustin Wright, Founder, Disability Cocoon
    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.  However, this transition in how we provide services represents a fundamental change in how we define supports, and nobody likes change. 

    This session will 1) highlight the 15-year history of remote supports as an example of the pace of this Tech First change, 2) describe the efforts it takes to switch to a Tech First mindset, 3) provide an overview of the current national Tech First landscape, and 4) give us a glimpse into an exciting Tech First future, where using various forms of enabling technologies can create amazing possibilities.  
  • 2:15-2:30: Break
  • 2:30-3:15: TeleMedicine Presentation—Matthew Kaufman MD, CEO, Station MD
    The hype around telemedicine has caught the attention of many payers, providers and patients.  After some trial and error of its application, one part of the population where it holds the most promise is with people with IDD.  With the proper tools, medical team and application, telemedicine can be enormously successful in improving access and care, while cutting costs for people with IDD.   
  • 3:15p.m.-3:45 p.m.: The User Experience: Evaluating Apps for People with Disabilities—Dean Fox, The Arc Tennessee
    Earlier this year, Vanderbilt University, the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and The Arc Tennessee and released an evaluation on four application tools, commonly called “apps.” The project’s goal was to download, use, evaluate, assess and rate a series of apps that will support individuals with IDD.

    There have been two rounds of evaluations -- one in the fall of 2018 and the other in the spring of 2019. This presentation will do three things: a) summarize the raw data from those evaluations; b) discuss what we learned outside the numbers; and c) discuss where we go from here.
  • 3:45-4:00 p.m.: Break
  • 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Panel Discussion—Enabling Technology in Tennessee: Successes, Lessons, and the Future
    In the year and a half since the first person in Tennessee transitioned to independent living with the support of Enabling Technology, the program has changed the lives of people in all areas of the state.  This panel will explore the successes, the challenges, and what comes next for Tennessee’s Enabling Technology Program.
    • Gerald—St. John’s Community Services
      Bill Brewer—MHDS
      Nick Filarelli—Core Services of NE TN
    • Moderator: Milton Neuenschwander, DIDD Enabling Technology Coordinator
  • 5:00: Day 1 Summit Concludes


Thursday, September 26, 2019

  • 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast Buffet
  • 8:30a.m.-8:45 a.m.: Intros
  • 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m.: Provider Transformation in Tennessee-- Audria Frattini, Prospect
  • 9:45-10:00 a.m. Break to set up Skype
  • 10:00 a.m.-10:45: Emerging Technologies and Israel’s Approach—Rowee Benbenishty, CEO, Sesame Enable
    Israel, also known as Start-Up Nation, has been a world leader in innovation and emerging technologies. Alongside cybersecurity, defense systems, smart cities, water and agriculture, autonomous driving, AI and data science, a broad range of impact start-ups has also emerged. These for-profit start-ups focus on social value, catering to underserved markets, and delivering a "double bottom line". In this presentation, we will explore the eco-system in Israel which enables this innovation to flourish - the culture, social structure, economy, and government planning.
  • 10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: The Direct Support Professional of the 21st Century: The Changing Roles and Increasing Expectations--Joe MacBeth, NADSP
    This discussion offers a chance to reflect on the current direct support workforce challenges and the evolving roles and expectations of Direct Support Professionals. Many of these changes are driven by people with disabilities, their families and funders who are demanding more from the current systems approach. This is a radical departure from which we are accustomed and will ultimately create an emphasis on using technology, promoting personal outcomes & self-directed lives and helping people to make informed choices.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Summit Concludes