The Tenth Annual Coleman Institute Conference:

The Power of Partnerships
In Cognitive Disability & Technology

Thursday, October 21, 2010
The Westin Westminster Hotel, Westminster, Colorado

Conference Participants


Gary L. Albrecht, PhD, is a fellow of the Royal Belgian Academy of Arts and Sciences, extraordinary guest professor of social sciences, University of Leuven, Belgium and professor emeritus of public health and of disability and human development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After receiving his PhD from Emory University, he has served on the faculties of Emory University in sociology and psychiatry, Northwestern University in sociology, rehabilitation medicine and the Kellogg School of Management and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the School of Public Health and in the Department of Disability and Human Development. Since retiring from the UIC in 2005, he divides his time between Europe and the United States. He works in Boulder, Colorado and Brussels, Belgium. He was recently a scholar in residence at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (MSH) in Paris, a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, the University of Oxford and a fellow in residence at the Royal Flemish Academy of Science and Arts, Brussels. His current research is on Iranian, Turkish and Congolese immigrants with disabilities in Belgium. His most recent project is serving as general editor of the eight volume Sage Reference Series on Disability: Key Issues and Future Directions.


Rodney Bell helps organizations develop, market, or adopt emerging technologies as principal of ASSET Consulting (Applying Systems, Software, and Engineering Technology). Consulting for 19 years, he now specializes in applications for long-term care and people with cognitive disabilities. Clientele include technology vendors, service providers, academic institutions, and government agencies.

Bell speaks about technology for people with cognitive disabilities at conferences such as those hosted by the Coleman Institute, NASDDD, and ANCOR. He co-authored the chapter "Emerging Technologies" in National Goals and Research for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from the 2005 conference sponsored by The Arc. Bell previously developed and marketed tools for software and systems engineering while employed for 18 years in computing and electronics industries.


Bruce D. Benson became the 22nd president of the University of Colorado (CU) in March 2008. He is an alumnus of the University, having earned a bachelor's degree in geology in 1964. Benson leads the University system comprising four campuses: Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, and the Anschutz Medical Campus. CU serves more than 57,000 students and has an annual budget of $2.6 billion.

Before becoming president of the University of Colorado, he was a successful businessman who founded the Benson Mineral Group, an oil-and-gas exploration and production company. Three different Colorado governors have named Benson to educational initiatives and governing boards, all of which he chaired: the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Metropolitan State College Board of Trustees, P-20 Education Coordinating Council and the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel for Higher Education. In addition, he has been active in a broad spectrum of civic and political initiatives at the state and national levels, including serving as a member of the board of directors of the National Park Service. Benson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He has received many honors and awards and in 2009 he was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame. He also received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of Colorado in 2004. From 2001 until 2008, when he became president of the University of Colorado, he served on the board of directors of the Coleman Colorado Foundation. The foundation provides the funds that support the Coleman Institute.

President Benson is married to Marcy Head Benson. He has three children and eight grandchildren.


Peter Blanck, PhD, JD is university professor at Syracuse University. University professor is the highest faculty rank granted by Syracuse and only eight other individuals have received this honor. He is chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) there.

Blanck has written articles and books on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws, received grants to study disability law and policy, represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court in ADA cases, and testified before Congress. He is a former board member of the National Organization on Disability (NOD), of the Disability Rights Law Center (DRLC), and of Disability Rights Advocates (DRA). He is a trustee of YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network and is chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC).

Blanck received a juris doctorate from Stanford University, where he was president of the Stanford Law Review, and a PhD from Harvard University. He is a former member of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and a senior fellow of the Annenberg Washington Program, a fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, and a Mary Switzer Scholar. Prior to teaching, Blanck practiced law at the Washington D.C. firm Covington & Burling, and served as law clerk to the late Honorable Carl McGowan of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Blanck's recent books include: Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy (with Hill, Siegal & Waterstone) and Race, Ethnicity and Disability (with Logue).


Cathy Bodine, PhD, is an associate professor and section head, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, executive director of Assistive Technology Partners, and assistive technology (AT) advisor to the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. She entered the field of assistive technology within one month of graduating with her communication disorders degree-because the clients with cognitive disabilities at a regional center for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities she served demonstrated unequivocally they were able to benefit from assistive technologies. Seeing the need for further research and development in the area of cognitive technologies, she joined a private manufacturing firm where she spent the next four years, serving not only as a product consultant, but also as an active member of numerous research and development teams.

Today, Bodine remains actively committed to new product design, AT research, and the relationships she has developed over the past 20 years within the professional AT community and with families and persons with disabilities. She is a highly valued and trusted member of the AT manufacturing community, a powerful liaison with the commercial manufacturing community and a nationally recognized leader in the field of AT.

Bodine has served as the principal investigator (PI) for a number of pre-service preparation grants in AT (223 graduate students), is the PI for the Colorado AT Act (P.L. 105-394), and has served as the PI for a number of research and development projects leading to new designs in AT devices (Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, Watson Research Centre-IBM, and four Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants). She is PI on the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation and Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies hosted at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver.


Ann Cameron Caldwell, PhD, is the chief research and innovations officer at The Arc of the United States. In this role, she advances the organizational mission through vision design and programmatic implementation, and advances relational engagement with key individuals and organizations. She is also responsible for internal organizational metrics and national research initiatives. Ann Cameron received her doctorate in disability studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005, and has a masters degree from the University of Chicago. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband Joe and son Geoffrey, a teenage self advocate with Down syndrome.


Bill Coleman is the founding donor of the University of Colorado's Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities and he is a partner with Alsop Louie Partners, an early stage venture capital firm. Previously he was the founder, chairman, and CEO of Cassatt, Inc., an enterprise infrastructure software company located in San Jose, California. Cassatt was acquired by CA, Inc. in June 2009. Coleman also co-founded BEA Systems, Inc. with Ed Scott and Alfred Chuang in 1995. He was chairman and CEO of the company from its founding until 2001, during which time it became the fastest software company ever to reach $1 billion in annual revenue. Prior to BEA, he held various management positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc., including: co-founder of Sun's Federal Division; founder, vice president and general manager of Sun Professional Services; and vice president of system software overseeing Sun's software development including SunOS and the creation of Solaris, the leading Unix operating system.

Before his work at Sun, Coleman co-founded and was vice president of engineering at Dest Systems. Prior to that, he held positions as director of product development at VisiCorp and as manager of the high frequency systems group at GTE Sylvania. Coleman began his career in the U.S. Air Force as chief of satellite operations in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. He has a bachelor's degree in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master's degree in computer science and computer engineering from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado.

Coleman is president of the Coleman Colorado Foundation board which supports the University of Colorado Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. He sits on the board of directors of Symantec Corporation, Palm, Inc., and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and is a commissioner of the Trilateral Commission. Ernst & Young named Bill Coleman their 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year, and Business Week named him one of 2001's ebiz 25 top executives.


Founding donor of the University of Colorado's Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, Claudia Coleman began her technology career when she joined Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 1971, initially in an administrative position. Her career grew rapidly as HP rose to prominence in the emerging computer industry and she was promoted to district manager, responsible for helping build HP's sales channel for printers and computer peripherals. Her sales career was highlighted by her selection to HP's prestigious President's Club in 1986. Before leaving HP in 1992, Claudia Coleman was promoted to Americas Peripherals Marketing Center manager in the company's multibillion-dollar Computer Peripherals organization.

For most of the past decade, Coleman's energy has been focused on various volunteer, charitable, and philanthropic activities, including the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities. She is secretary of the Coleman Colorado Foundation board. In 2001, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Colorado. She is a past member of the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities where she served as chairperson of the Assistive Technology subcommittee.


Daniel K. Davies has been actively involved in research and development of technology for individuals with intellectual and cognitive disabilities for over 15 years. He has been closely associated with issues important to individuals with disabilities because his oldest brother John lived with severe intellectual and physical disabilities. Davies has directed over 50 research projects focused on technology and cognitive disabilities funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), and the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. He has been on the leading edge of research into cognitive support technology for individuals with intellectual disabilities and consequently, in 2006, he was selected out of 951 nominations from 98 countries to receive the Technology Museum of Innovation's prestigious Katherine M. Swanson Equality Award for "pioneering information technology for individuals with cognitive disabilities."

Currently he serves as co-chair of the technology division for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and was awarded the 2004 Technology and Media Leadership Award by the Council for Exceptional Children for “national leadership in the area of research and development of cognitive support technologies.” Since 2001 he has held a research appointment with the University of Kansas's Beach Center on Disability. Davies is a recipient of the 1996 and 1997 Technology Transfer Awards from the Colorado Chapter of the Technology Transfer Society. He has authored over 50 publications, reports, and book chapters related to cognitive technology for individuals with disabilities and he is an invited presenter at professional conferences nationally and internationally.


Laura Galbreath focuses on expanding opportunities for community mental health and addictions services organizations to meet the primary health needs of the people they serve. She co-leads several learning communities providing group consultation and leveraging expertise/resources to improve screening and referrals to mental health treatment, creating structures for collaborative care for shared patients, and increasing access to primary care services for persons with mental illness. Galbreath has extensive experience in health policy analysis, community organizing, and project management and supports the National Council in developing strategic relationships with a broad range of stakeholder groups and corporate partners.

Galbreath is also serving as the deputy director for the newly awarded National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Integration. The center will address the comprehensive health needs of patients with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders by improving the coordination of healthcare services in publicly funded community settings. The center is funded jointly by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and will provide training and technical assistance to 56 organizations that have collectively been awarded more than $26.2 million in grants as well as to community health centers and other primary care and behavioral health organizations.

Prior to joining the National Council in 2008, Galbreath served as the senior director of Healthcare Reform at Mental Health America (MHA). During her tenure at MHA, she conducted state policy issue tracking and analysis, technical assistance, and facilitated state, local, or multi-state advocacy meetings on a range of issues including Medicaid reform, mental health insurance parity, Medicare Part D, and healthcare reform. Her previous experience also includes lobbying for mental health issues in the state of Georgia, conducting advocacy trainings for consumers and mental health advocate, and leading issue-based campaigns for private and not-for-profit organizations. Galbreath received her master's in public policy from George Mason University.


Thomas Gilhool, JD, is a retired staff attorney from the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP). He has been the lead attorney in precedent-setting lawsuits on behalf of people with disabilities. Gilhool was an attorney with PILCOP for 27 years. He retired in 2006 after being active in the public interest community for 41 years.

While serving as consumer advocate and director of law reform at Community Legal Services during the late 1960s, Gilhool won the first legal services case to reach the United States Supreme Court, Smith v. Reynolds, in which the Court struck down the durational residency requirement for public assistance benefits.

Gilhool's accomplishments also include his pioneering representation of plaintiffs in PARC v. Commonwealth, which established the constitutional right of children with disabilities to a free, appropriate public education. This decision was the source of the first federal civil rights acts in this area: Section 504 of the Civil Rights Act of 1973 and what is now the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In 1990 Gilhool developed a coalition of legal services organizations to enforce a new provision of the Social Security Act, which required states receiving federal funds to provide basic health care to children enrolled in Medicaid. The ensuing litigation led to the additional enrollment of 300,000 children in Pennsylvania.

In 2003 he received a senior Fulbright Fellowship in Japan and brought together Japanese a nd American advocates for disability rights to consider how each country could build on the success of the other. He then participated in the United Nations drafting of a convention on rights of persons with disabilities. Gilhool is also the first Philadelphian to have served as secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Lehigh University, Yale University and Yale Law School.


Ralena Gordon is a native of Boulder, Colorado. Her avid love for people watching turned into an avid love for photography when she obtained a camera. She began this journey with her Nikon FM10, a roll of black and white film, and a dark room. Although she now works mostly with digital technology, her technique remains true to film technology: dodge, burn, contrast and crop. She wants the pictures to speak for themselves. Gordon is a visual story teller and hopes her images evoke emotional and contemplative response.

Gordon graduated from Goddard College, Vermont in 2008 with an individualized bachelor's degree focusing on photography, philosophy, and creative writing. She dedicated her senior study at Goddard to the history of mental illness and mental institutions in the U.S. During the course of her senior year she visited and photographed eight institutions across the country. As people continued to express interest in this project, photographing and preserving this important piece of history became clear. Over the past few years Gordon has photographed 44 institutions in 22 states. She is almost at her halfway point with hopes of documenting all remaining mental health institutions built between 1800 and 1930. For more information on the project, visit

She is currently working towards a masters degree at Fielding College in media psychology and social change.


Pam Gregory is a special advisor on disability policy and outreach in the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. She is also the director of the Chairman's Accessibility & Innovation Initiative. She is a graduate of the Fulbright School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, and a graduate of RTC 31, University of Arkansas, where she earned her masters in education in vocational rehabilitation and independent living. After graduate school, she was awarded an International Rotary Fellowship from 1989-1990 and was based in Nairobi, Kenya. During that time, she worked extensively on disability issues in east, central, and southern Africa, and studied the country of Kenya under the renowned Richard Leakey. She has worked at the Arkansas School for the Deaf, as a freelance sign language interpreter in Washington, and with the commission working on disability policy issues since 1996. She was the founding chief of the FCC's Disability Rights Office, and prior to that, she was director of the FCC's Disabilities Issues Task Force. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Larry Walke, and her two children.


Sandy Henry is a senior director at Dungarvin, Minnesota. She has worked to support people with disabilities in the community for over 30 years, most of that time with Dungarvin. Henry was the primary author of a pilot proposal Dungarvin submitted to county and state agencies in 2007 to test the use and benefits of technology. She worked closely with technology providers to adapt systems designed for seniors and to support people with disabilities. She is a key player in facilitating Dungarvin's widening use of technology.


Jeffery Hoehl is a doctoral student in computer science at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities graduate fellow. His current research is focused on inclusive design and understanding how incorporating special needs into the design of software can improve the usability and usefulness of web applications for all users. He has previously worked in industry developing customizable and easily expandable web solutions for Department of Defense and federal government clients, wireless PDA-based point-of-sale systems for fast-paced hospitality environments, and document control systems for the FDA-regulated biotech industry. Hoehl holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Henry Kautz, PhD, is chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rochester. He performs research in knowledge representation, satisfiability testing, pervasive computing, and assistive technology. His academic degrees include a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Cornell University, a masters degree in creative writing from the Johns Hopkins University, a masters in science degree in computer science from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in computer science from the University of Rochester. He was a researcher and department head at Bell Labs and AT&T Laboratories until becoming a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Washington in 2000. He left Seattle in 2006. He is president (2010-2012) of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a fellow of the AAAI, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a recipient of the IJCAI Computer and Thought Award.


Clayton Lewis, PhD, is scientist in residence at the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, professor of computer science, and fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Lewis received his PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Michigan. Before coming to the University of Colorado in 1984, he had a 10 year career in research and development at IBM. He was elected to the Computer Human Interface (CHI) Academy of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2009. His research focuses on human- computer interaction, including design methods and paradigms for making programming more accessible. He participates in a number of national and international projects on making information technology more accessible and inclusive, with an emphasis on the web and mobile platforms. His role at the Coleman Institute is to promote useful dialogue and cooperation among leaders of assistive and mainstream technology.


Elizabeth Lyle, JD, was recently named special counsel for innovation in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). During 2009-2010, she managed the National Broadband Team's disability access work and wrote an FCC working paper on accessibility issues in conjunction with the National Broadband Plan. She first started working at the commission in 1996 as senior legal advisor to the chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. In 2001 she became a vice president at Wallman Strategic Consulting, and then later that year returned to the FCC as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel. She co-managed the FCC-wide proceeding on providing access to telecommunications equipment and services to people with disabilities in 1998-1999 and co-wrote with then-Chairman William E. Kennard a law review article on ensuring that the next generation of technologies is accessible, usable, and affordable. From 1993-1996, Lyle was a political appointee at the Department of Commerce, where she served as acting senior policy advisor for technology to Secretary Ronald H. Brown; Deputy Executive Secretary; and Director of National Information Infrastructure Initiatives at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Lyle also served as a counsel to the presidential transition office in 1992-1993 and was legal director of fundraising compliance at the Democratic National Committee in 1992. From 1990-1992, she was an associate at Dickstein, Shapiro, and Morin, and from 1985-1987 served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Jim Moody. Lyle is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago Law School. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two sons, one of whom is on the autism spectrum.


John Maltby spent 36 years on Wall Street as a proprietary trader and fund manager, before leaving the industry in 2007. He graduated with a master of science degree. from the Columbia University School of Social Work in May 2009, and currently serves as director of Community Service Programs at Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD). He is assistant professor of public health practice, Center on Disability and Health, at New York Medical College, and is an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

As the father of a man with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), Maltby has long been an active advocate at the local and national level, in particular in re-allocating resources to more integrated and smaller housing and employment settings. He joined WIHD in May 2009 to help expand its role in providing support to people with I/DD who seek to live as independently as possible. Through its Medicaid service coordination, start up and support broker roles,WIHD is helping individuals to plan their own lives, exercise control and selection over their resources, and live more self determined lives.

Maltby is currently a member of the board of Another Step Inc., a service provider for people with I/DD, and is the founder of Pendennis, a housing support agency for individuals with I/DD. He has served as a board member of local and national disability organizations for many years.


David M. O'Hara, PhD, is the chief operating officer of the Westchester Institute for Human Development, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD). The institute is located in Valhalla, New York and is affiliated with New York Medical College. He is also an associate professor in the School of Health Sciences and Practice and assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Community and Preventive Medicine at New York Medical College.

O'Hara earned his PhD in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1986. His undergraduate education was completed at the Manchester University Institute of Science and Technology where he received a degree in color chemistry. Subsequently he obtained a postgraduate qualification in social work from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.

O'Hara moved to the United States in 1972 and joined the faculty of the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University in 1975 with appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry. While at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, O'Hara pursued a longstanding interest in the special health care needs of children in foster care and created a model health care program focused on meeting these needs. On moving to New York State, O'Hara established a similar model of health care services for children in foster care served by the Westchester Institute for Human Development. He was a member of a special task force on the health of children in foster care created by District II, New York State, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which published Fostering Health: Health Care for Children in Foster Care. This has now been adopted by AAP as a set of national standards for health care providers working with children in foster care.

O'Hara is a member of the governing committee of the Special Interest Research Group on Health of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities. For the past several years he has pursued research interests in the health disparities of individuals with intellectual disabilities and in 2003 sponsored a conference supported by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and held at the NYMC School of Public Health which led to a key report recommending an agenda for change designed to improve health outcomes for this population.

O'Hara is also interested in the potential of innovative information, communication and social networking technologies to promote the active participation of individuals and families in the systems of care developed to address critical health, developmental and family support issues. He leads a new telehealth grant initiative from the New York State Department of Health under the HEAL (Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law) NY program to the Westchester Institute for Human Development designed to improve access to health care using technology.


Preston Padden, JD, had a 38 year career in the media business holding the following positions: assistant general counsel, Metromedia; president, The Association of Independent Television Stations; president, Network Distribution, Fox Broadcasting Company; chairman and CEO, American Sky Broadcasting (merged into Dish Network); president, ABC Television Network; and executive vice-president, government relations, The Walt Disney Company. Padden served on the boards of The National Association of Broadcasters and The Motion Picture Association of America.

He is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University's Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (a joint venture of the Law School and the Graduate School of Engineering). Padden also serves as a senior fellow and board member at the University's Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Renee L. Pietrangelo, PhD, is chief executive officer of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) in Alexandria, Virginia. Since the fall of 2001, she has played a key role in creating and implementing a national campaign, sponsored by ANCOR and endorsed by seven national disability organizations, to address workforce issues regarding recruiting and retention of direct support professionals who support people with disabilities.

Pietrangelo has overseen a national workforce research initiative in support of the campaign's objectives and is recognized as a national spokesperson on the issue. In that capacity she has worked with numerous federal and state leaders in crafting initiatives to address workforce shortages. In 2004 she was awarded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services distinguished Secretary's Highest Recognition Award.

Pietrangelo has over 30 years of experience as a nonprofit association executive, with established expertise in the areas of leadership competencies and development, and education and training. Her previous association executive positions were in the fields of medical technology and financial services. Pietrangelo has been integrally involved in quantitative and qualitative national research on leadership competencies. She earned her PhD in philosophy at Georgetown University, with an emphasis on ethics and human values.


Sue Swenson is deputy assistant secretary for the Office on Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and acting director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). Swenson previously served as CEO of The Arc, as executive director of the Kennedy Foundation, and as U.S, commissioner for developmental disabilities in the Clinton Administration. She was educated in interdisciplinary humanities at the University of Chicago and holds a master of business administration from the University of Minnesota. She is the mother of an adult man who has complex disabilities, and who now lives with two roommates and around the-clock supports in a hyper-accessible house in Maryland. The next challenge is to add more technology to reduce the “footprint” of staff.


Lynne Tamor is president of TheArcLink, Incorporated, the non-profit that hosts the website and assists with all technology matters such as the site itself, email communications, and teleconferences. She began her career in the area of reading and language development with a special interest in how people's minds differ relating to reading, writing, and language development. After she had her children, especially her son with intellectual and other disabilities, her interest shifted from differences in general to differences that are related to what people call "disability." Tamor's family was very involved in the racial civil rights movement when she was growing up.. It was natural for her to shift to the fight for civil rights for people with disabilities. All of this really comes together for her in the GoVoter project.


Michael Wehmeyer, PhD, is the 2010-2011 Gene A. Budig teaching professor of special education, director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, and senior scientist, Beach Center on Disability, all at the University of Kansas. Wehmeyer is engaged in teacher personnel preparation in the area of severe, multiple disabilities and directs multiple federally funded projects conducting research and model development in the education of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He is the author of more than 250 articles or book chapters and has authored, co-authored or co-edited 25 books on disability and education related issues, including issues pertaining to self-determination, transition, universal design for learning and access to the general curriculum for students with significant disabilities, and technology use by people with cognitive disabilities. He is president of the board of directors for and a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, a past president of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Career Development and Transition, a life member of TASH, and former editor-in-chief of the journal Remedial and Special Education. He is a co-author of the AAIDD Supports Intensity Scale, and a co-author the 2010 AAIDD Intellectual Disability Terminology, Classification, and Systems of Supports manual. In 1999 Wehmeyer was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Early Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research, and he has received numerous other awards including: research awards from CEC's Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Division on Career Development and Transition, from Region V of the AAIDD, from the Kansas Federation of CEC, from the University of Kansas School of Education, as well as receiving the 2003 AAIDD National Education award. Wehmeyer is a frequent speaker, here and abroad, and holds undergraduate and masters degrees in special education from the University of Tulsa and a masters degree in experimental psychology from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, where he was a Rotary International Fellow. He earned his PhD in human development and communication sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.


In his 17 years at Imagine!, Wellems has been responsible for the development of many innovative programs to better meet the needs of those with cognitive and developmental disabilities, including the first community-based medical home in Colorado, the first senior home for individuals with cognitive disabilities in Northern Colorado, niche PCAs for individuals with hearing, physical and behavioral challenges, the first home in Colorado to extensively use technology to support its residents, and the first SmartHomes in the nation.

Wellems is nationally recognized as a leader in incorporating technologies into the supports for people with developmental disabilities. In addition to heading up the first SmartHomes in the nation for people with developmental disabilities, he also led the way in creating MedSupport, a web-based medication administration tracking system that is currently being used by 23 service providers in six states, and NetLearning, a web-based staff training module currently being used by five providers in the state of Colorado. Wellems has been traveling across the country giving presentations about Imagine!'s SmartHomes project to audiences at a wide variety of conferences.


Dustin Wright joined Rest Assured in January 2006 as general manager. In this role, Wright works with residential providers, case managers, individuals with disabilities, seniors and families to tailor the Rest Assured patented web-based Telecare system to meet each individual's needs. He oversees operations at the company's "state-of-the-art" network virtual support and response center and is responsible for marketing, sales and development.

Wright began his career as a direct support professional with a private provider in Indiana, while attending Purdue University. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University, Indiana. After graduation, he continued his work in the field of developmental disabilities as a QMRP and director of program services.