Bridging the Gap


to Assistive Technology

Rochester, NY

Continuing Education Program

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

8am - 5pm

Doubletree Inn Rochester

1111 Jefferson Road

Rochester, NY 14623


Syracuse, NY

Continuing Education Program

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

8am - 5pm

Doubletree Inn Syracuse

6301 State Route 298

Syracuse, NY 13057



Bridging the Gap: An Interprofessional Approach to Assistive Technology

Join us for Monroe Learning Network's 9th annual continuing education seminar! You're invited to be inspired; learn alongside different clinicians in the assistive technology (AT) world; and ultimately empower your clients at Bridging the Gap: An Interprofessional Approach to Assistive Technology.  This is an opportunity to deepen your assistive technology knowledge in the Mobility or Speech field and strengthen your implementation strategies to transform your classroom, clinic, or practice. With the help of an exceptional line up of speakers, an inspirational keynote, your peers, and the latest manufacturers in the AT world we're confident you'll learn new skills to apply the very next day. Whether you're a Speech Language Pathologist, Physical/Occupational Therapist, or an Assistive Technology Professional; members of each field need to work collaboratively to transform and enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

Speech Track Presenters:

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, AT Consultant and founder of AT for Education,, and Access4Employment. Diana has over 20 years of experience in Assistive Technology, UDL & Ed Tech-K-12, Post-Secondary & Adult Services. She presents, speaks and trains nationally and internationally at small local venues as well as large conferences. Diana is a faculty trainer for the Center on Technology and Disability ( as well as ATinNH at the UNH Institute on Disability. Diana is the 2nd Vice Chair on the executive committee for the Professional Standards Board for RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America). She is the AT/UDL liaison on the NHSTE board (New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education). Diana travels daily to provide AT Evaluations, Consultation, and Training to students and adults as well as professional development workshops for educators, professionals and families. Diana manages her multi-disciplinary team of expert consultants who travel to provide AT, AAC & Accessibility services for students and adults to access education, the workplace and community.

Kelsey Hall, Ed.M., M.S., CCC-SLP, CDP, AAC/AT Specialist is a certified Teacher of the Deaf (TOD) and Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), Dyslexia Practitioner (CDP via the International Dyslexia Association), and an AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)/AT (Assistive Technology) Specialist.  Kelsey is currently the Assistive Technology Coordinator at the University of Massachusetts, as well as a consultant for AT for Education.  She continues to present nationally with AT for Ed regarding AAC, literacy, dyslexia, curriculum, and AT. For the past 12 years she has held a variety of roles in public education as a TOD and SLP throughout New England with students Pre-K through 12th grade, as well as post-secondary. Kelsey is a certified Orton Gillingham teacher, having received comprehensive instruction through the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). During her graduate schooling, she focused on language and literacy disabilities and early childhood language disabilities. In addition, she wrote her master’s thesis on the effect of training SLPs in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and related student language/AAC use outcomes.  Kelsey has a particular skill, experience, and interest in working with and training professionals in a variety of AT tools to support language, literacy, and learning.

Shawna Dunnaway is an occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist currently working with Forbes AAC. She received a Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Missouri and a Master's Degree from Fort Hayes State University with an emphasis in Assistive Technology. Shawna is a licensed ATP through RESNA. She previously worked at the University of Missouri- Assistive Technology Center as part of an interdisciplinary team along with a speech language pathologist for 15+ years. In that role she has completed a vast number of AAC and computer access evaluations. In addition, she has consulted with schools for educational technology, worked extensively with alternative mobility and power wheelchair evaluations, AAC mounting, and completed work site evaluations for vocational rehabilitation. Shawna is passionate about developing and implementing AAC solutions for individuals with complex communication needs. She works in close collaboration with clients, caregivers and therapy teams to create systems that enable individuals with disabilities to participate actively in all aspects of their lives.