Nyc department of education

Assistive Technology Expo


June 6, 2019

8:30 AM - 3:15 PM

High School of Fashion Industries

225 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

Assistive Technology

The NYC DOE’s central Assistive Technology team consists of AT specialists: Together, the Center for Assistive Technology and Tech Solutions support all students in all districts to provide high-quality assistive technology assessment, training, resources, and implementation support to students, families, teachers, and other DOE staff in fulfilling this mission.

The Center for Assistive Technology provides assistive technology evaluation and support for preschool, charter, non-public, and community school (District 1-32) students.

D75 Tech Solutions provides assistive technology evaluation and support for District 75 students.

Schedule at-a-Glance

Doors open at 7:45 AM

8:00 - 8:30 AM - Registration, Breakfast, Networking

*please note we cannot accommodate all dietary needs*

8:45 - 9:00 AM - Welcome Remarks: Suzanne Sanchez and Colleen Warn

9:00 - 9:45 AM - Keynote: Parents and Students, How AT Empowered Their Lives!

10:00 - 11:00 AM - Educational Session 1, Red Group Vendor Hall

11:05 - 12:05 PM - Educational Session 2, Blue Group Vendor Hall

12:10 - 1:00 PM - Boxed Lunch provided *please note we cannot accommodate all dietary needs*

1:10 - 2:10 PM - Educational Session 3, Yellow Group Vendor Hall

2:15 - 3:15 PM - Educational Session 4, Green Group Vendor Hall

Sign Out & Certificates of Attendance

The Vendor Hall will remain open until 4:00 PM


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Maeve Coffey

Maeve Coffey is a 4th grader in the general education classroom at PS 158 in Manhattan. She uses her NeuroNode, iPad Pro, and various applications to write answers on worksheets, create graphic organizers, solve math problems, compose essays, read and annotate digital books, express her wants as needed, and take State Assessments. She went from needing a scribe and physical support to access school materials into gaining full independence in completing school expectations. In her leisure time, she uses the technology to play chess and read. The current book she’s reading is Jeremy Thatcher Dream Catcher.

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Joshua Stern

Joshua Stern is a Sophomore at Beacon High School. He has been using assistive technology since Kindergarten. Joshua is passionate about advocating for students with disabilities and enjoys writing short and long fictional stories in his spare time. To support his activism goals, he is a founding member of ASAP! (Accessible Students Advisory Panel). ASAP! consults with officials at the DOE, and Joshua has spoken on the student panel at a DOE planning and development day. He plans to expand his activism efforts. AT has helped Joshua significantly in his daily life, especially in furthering his love of writing and he wants to empower others to experience similar benefits.

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Richard Ellenson

Richard Ellenson has long been one of the most vibrant and innovative voices in the disabilities space. Over the past two decades, he has brought enormous vision and energy to the fields of Assistive Technology and the not-for-profit space. Richard is the father of a 21-year-old son who has Cerebral Palsy and together – and separately - they have built a wonderfully engaging portfolio of work. He and his son have been featured as ABC World News People of the Year, in a New York Times Sunday Magazine cover story, on many local news segments, and as a feature segment on ESPN’s E: 60. Richard had also worked tirelessly to create awareness of all people with disabilities and to share stories about their spirited and determined lives. More about Richard.

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Jenn Choi

Jenn Choi is the mother of two children with disabilities who attend New York City public schools. After her children were diagnosed with disabilities, Jenn devoted much of her career to discovering how to better serve students with disabilities through the use of toys, tools, and technology and has written for publications including Quartz, Forbes, and Toys As Tools. Currently, she works as a parent advocate helping parents work with their school teams to create effective educational plans for students with disabilities. Jenn also devotes her time to advocating for gifted children who have special education needs (twice exceptional) at 2eNYC, Twice Exceptional Children’s Advocacy, and the Gifted Education Alliance of New York State.