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Oregon Disability MegaConference Spotlighted Technology
Group photo at Oregon Disability MegaConference
At the conference, some of the people who helped put on the successful event: Front row, left to right: Jan Campbell, Shelly Emery, Roberta Dunn. Second row, left to right: Cheryl Cisneros, Tiffany Tombleson, Rose Rowe, Dawn Helwig, Marcie Ingledue, Joan Claypool, Cynthia Owens.Third row, left to right: Ken Jenkins, Mike Oliver.

MaryLee Fay at Oregon Disability MegaConference
Mary Lee Fay, Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Administrator (left) and keynote speaker Nancy Thaler, executive director of The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services.
The Fourth Annual Oregon Disability MegaConference was held September 29-October 1 in Salem. It brought to our state some of the most advanced thinkers and companies to demonstrate the many ways in which individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, families, providers and others could be maximizing technology for greater independence.
 
Keynote speaker Nancy Thaler, executive director of The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, commented: "Oregon is a great place in the developmental disabilities field. You have a shared vision and a shared focus, you all work together collaboratively and you partner with one-another."
 
David Braddock, executive director of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities in Colorado presented on the state of technology and what organizations and states are doing to incorporate technology to promote the quality of life and independent living for people with cognitive disabilities.
 
In addition, there were over 35 workshops and seminars presented over the three day event, ranging in topics from advocacy to empowerment, to mobility and employment. Dozens of vendors from technology companies and other organizations that support and promote independence were on hand to showcase their services.
 
Mary Lee Fay, Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Disabilities Services Administrator said: "I was so impressed with the breadth and depth of technology that is available and being used now to support people and programs in creating greater independence for people with disabilities. I am excited to continue our learning and use of technology here in Oregon." 
  

  
  
  
 
Presentations & Resources from the conference available here: