Session:  "AT in the Workplace: Utilizing Assistive Technology to Promote Employee Retention"
Accommodating individuals with disabilities through the use of assistive technologies can be an effective step toward improved employee retention. This session intends to examine a variety of technology-focused solutions to common workplace challenges faced by employees with various disabilities. 
Brittany Lambert is a consultant at the Job Accommodation Network, where she provides technical assistance on issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and workplace accommodations. She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from West Virginia University, and is a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC).

Session:  "Assistive Technology: Resources and Strategies for Successful Implementation and Increased Independence"
You recognize the importance of integrating assistive technology into your programs, but where do you start? This presentation will provide assessment and strategic resources that will lay the foundation for integrating successful AT supports.  We will review evidence-based results that have impacted a multitude of needs, such as: independent med administration, environmental aids, safety, and accessible person centered plan formats for the people we support. 

Krista Opstedal began her career as a Direct Support Professional in 2008. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Disabilities, she spent some time in-servicing agency employees on the North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Curriculum. In 2013, Krista was offered the Program Director of Assistive Technology position at Kalix. In this position, she conducts assessments, researches, and modifies/programs technology to improve functional capabilities for people with disabilities.

Session:  "Increase Independence and Decrease Staffing Shortages Using Technology"

Come learn about the policies Minnesota has implemented to increase access to, and usage of, technology to improve people’s lives by providing additional options for service provision. Through a multi-year collaboration with providers and DHS Licensing, Minnesota is changing the way support needs are considered for every person on a disability waiver while also decreasing an over-reliance on staff. Technology will never replace the need for DSPs all together, but it can assist with the staffing crisis’s being experienced nationwide.


Anna MacIntyre has a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Evaluation and has over 20 years’ experience working with people with disabilities in a variety of capacities. She has been with the Minnesota DHS’ Disability Services Division for the past three years where she has been the Waiver Policy Lead on Monitoring and Assistive Technology.

Session:  "Technology Showcase"
Four vendors each give a 15 minute “fast and furious” presentation on their innovative technologies.