TEC (Technology Enhancing Capabilities) Conference

Trinity Services’ Technology Enhancing Capabilities (TEC) Lab has been hosting a conference since 2017 in an effort to acquaint attendees with cutting-edge technologies, essential tools and resources, and promising practices related to the provision of technologies for people with disabilities.   We know that technology can profoundly and positively affect the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities by increasing independence, restoring dignity, and promoting confidence. 

 June 22 & 23, 2021

Virtual Event

Out of an abundance of caution, we chose to host this event virtually this year.  On June 22nd & 23rd, we heard about some of the creative steps that providers are taking toward the adoption of technology, internet connected devices that allow people to gain or maintain independence, and real life success stories. 

NAQ would like to thank the following people/companies for their role in making this event a success:

Speakers:  Todd Stabelfeldt, Connie Harrington,  Stephen Kray,  Erica Gibson, Amanda Carroll, Jared Kannenberg, Kimberly Mercer-Schleider, Amie Lulinski, Brian Norton, & Richard Harrington
Exhibitors & Sponsors:   Technology Enhancing Capabilities (TEC) Lab , The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP), Therap Services, High Tide Press, Simply Home, and Rest Assured

 June 3, 2020:  Cancelled

We held the first Technology Enhancing Capabilities (TEC) Conference nearly four years ago. Our goal was to create a unique and practical learning experience in which attendees could come away with affordable solutions, gain access to cutting edge products, and develop a network of connections with other disability professionals. Each year we look forward to spending this time with you. However, in light of the cornavirus pandemic, we felt that we must cancel the TEC Conference in order to ensure the safety and well-being of our friends and colleagues. 

June 5, 2019

Naperville, IL

The Technology Enhancing Capabilities (TEC) Lab, National Association of QIDPs (NAQ), Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF), Disability Cocoon, and TAP (the Autism Program of Illinois) were proud to host the 3rd annual TEC Conference.   This was no ordinary event - attendees had an opportunity to see, touch, and experience a variety of products as well as connect with experts who shared their tips and tricks for the successful implementation of technology.    

June 5 Highlights

Keynote Speaker:  Harold Sloves
Breakout Speakers:  Connie Melvin, Richard Harrington, Carly Steele
Exhibitors:  Rest Assured, Nucleus Care, Simply Home, Good Life Innovations, Night Owl, Medisked, Infinitec, Cherry Hills Bookstore & High Tide Press, Foothold Technologies, Feel Good, Arc of Illinois, Therap, Health Risk Screening, Station MD, CreateAbility, Quillo, and Disability Cocoon

 June 5 & 6, 2018 

Naperville, IL

On June 6 & 7, 2018 NAQ hosted the 2nd Annual TEC (Technology Enhancing Capabilities) Conference at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, IL.  This event is dedicated to addressing how assistive technology can improve the lives of and encourage independence for people with intellectual disabilities.

 On June 6 service providers, caregivers, and people supported learned about a wide variety of technologies – from cutting edge innovations to well-established products and services. 

June 6 Highlights

During the hands-on half day event on June 7, attendees were guided through the process of creating their own pieces of assistive technology.  

June 7 Highlights

NAQ would like to thank the following people/companies for their role in making this event an enormous success:

Keynote Speakers:  Sandy Henry, Tony Gentry, and Robin Pegg
Breakout Speakers:  Krista Opstedal, Brittany Lambert, Anna MacIntyre, Lisa McClory, Dave Zebutis, and Dustin Wright 
Panel Speakers:  Nate Trainor, Jean Trainor, Troy McAllister, Jennifer Durnas, and Bill Henzlik
Exhibitors:  Rest Assured, Sengistix, Cherry Hill Bookstore, Illinois Assistive Technology Program, Therap, and Modular Hose 

June 6 & 7, 2017

Tinley Park, IL 

On June 6 & 7 2017 the National Association of QIDPs, Illinois Division of Developmental Disabilities, and Coleman Foundation hosted "A Day Long Look at Assistive Technology".  This event introduced families and caregivers/service providers to a variety of assistive technologies that help people with disabilities be as independent as possible.  We'd like to share a few of the highlights.........

June 6 Highlights

June 7 Highlights

NAQ would like to thank the following people/companies for their role in making this event an enormous success:

Sponsors: llinois Division of Developmental Disabilities, The Coleman Foundation
Keynote Speakers: Alice Brouhard, Richard Ellenson, Dustin Wright, and Duane Tempel
Breakout Speakers:  Bridget Golormini, Luis Perez, Jackie Tijerina, and Mary Held
Exhibitors: Rest Assured, Night Owl Support Systems, Cherry Hill Bookstore, Infinitec, LiquaGuard Solutions, Simply Thick, CreateAbility, and Aetna