Making Disability Technology Possible

We are a disability technology catalyst organization.  We source and promote disability technology solutions and innovation, to inspire and foster increased independence.  

What We Do

Regional Tech:Festivals

Not conferences...festivals!  Cutting edge technology sessions and demos in a laid back environment.  Food trucks, breweries, massage, games, and more.  In person and virtual attendee options.

Launching Oct. 15th, 2018


Various national/regional in person training, online webinars, podcast, and Facebook Live educational sessions all on disability related technology innovations.

Launching July 20th, 2018


We are testing 99 tech ideas over several months and sharing them!  Almost daily, real world short disability tech implementation stories & ideas on Facebook Live, Zooms, and our Podcast.  Follow us on Facebook for details, to submit your ideas, and share your stories with others.

Launching Oct. 22nd, 2018

Join Us at Our Inaugural Disability Cocoon Tech:Festival

disABILITY Tech:FestivalCincy

Our inaugural one day disability technology festival will be held on October 15th, 2018 in Cincinnati at the American Sign Museum.  We are also allowing virtual attendees through Zoom and Facebook Live!

This is your opportunity to exhibit, do a short Ignite-style presentation/demo (to a live and virtual audience around the country!), position your brand as a disability technology expert, and have your product/solution discussed in our "innovation-storming".   Non-technology exhibitors and sponsors can apply.

Come join us in the most unique laid back environment for a day of networking, food trucks, games, massage, and whatever else we dream up.....this is not a typical conference.  

This event was designed specifically for:

- Provider agency employees

- Case managers

- Guardians/family members

- Other disability professionals

- Self-advocates

- Anyone interested in disability services

     Attendee Registration             Call for Presentations


American Sign Museum

1330 Monmouth Ave.

Cincinnati, OH 45225


October 15th, 2018

9:00a - 5:00p


Exhibitor/Sponsor Packages


$597 Exhibitor

You know the drill. Set up your booth at your 6' table and show off your great products,services, and solutions. 

$997 Massage Sponsor

Exhibitor package plus.....your company rep at our festival massage chair. Don't worry you don't have to give the massage. Have a rep chatting with people waiting to get pampered.See other benefits below.

$1197 App Sponsor

Exhibitor package plus.....your company front and center in our conference app.  We are looking to do some neat things with this.  See other benefits below.

$1997 T-Shirt Sponsor

Exhibitor package plus.....your company logo on t-shirts given to all attendees.  Get exposure on the event day and every day they wear them.  See other benefits below.

$2997 Food Truck Sponsor

Exhibitor package plus.....your company sponsors lunch from a local food truck or vendor.Maybe attendees get your brochure as a napkin (kidding...well maybe not), you hand out the food with a smile, or whatever. Let's discuss what would work best for you.  See other benefits below. 

$2997 Title Sponsor

Exhibitor package plus.....your company brand/logo/message featured all over the place at the event and other communications throughout the year. Free booth at our golf outing, host a webinar, have a show on our upcoming podcast, be a formal member of our advisory council,and lock in rates for the year at other festivals. Let the disability community know you are serious about supporting their goals. See other benefits below.

$7997 Official Launch Sponsor

Exhibitor package plus.....well.....basically all sponsor level benefits and whatever else we agree on. This is a custom package that you can mold to best meet your needs. We are looking for a special partner to be the Disability Cocoon LAUNCH PARTNER. See other benefits below and call us to discuss options. Let's create this movement together.

Exhibitor/Sponsor Application



I'd love to connect. Here's my calendar link to make finding time easy.


-Dustin Wright

Schedule for Tech:FestivalCincy

This is still a work in progress.  We are inviting leaders in disability technology from around the country to bring you the latest and greatest innovation available.  Check back from time to time to see updates to our schedule.  

Exhibitor/Sponsor Application

8:00 am

Breakfast, Registration, & Explore Exhibitor Tech

Register, get fueled up, and start exploring great disability tech offered by our exhibitor partners.

9:00 am

Welcome/Kick Off

A short run down of the days events and what to expect at the Disability Cocoon Technology Festival.

9:15 am

Learning from the Past to Build the Future - Sandy Henry

How we can apply lessons learned from the past in our industry, to give current and future leaders insights into how to tackle our industry's biggest challenges.

10:15 am

Break - Explore Exhibitor Tech

Stretch the legs and see our exhibitors' latest and greatest.  See solutions; not sales pitches. 

10:30 am

Startup Tech Pitch Contest

Think Shark Tank - two or three companies with disability tech solutions in the startup phase pitch their tech solutions/products/concepts.  You, the attendees, vote on the best ideas to crown a winner.  A surprise will be announced at the end of this unique session!  (hint: this is your chance to REALLY contribute to the movement)

11:00 am

Ignite-Style Presentations

Multiple short and sweet talks hitting the import topics and then moving on to another one.  Content packed!

12:00 Pm

Lunch - Explore Exhibitor Tech

Find your favorite lunch from one of our food trucks or vendors. 

12:30 Pm

Lunch State Panel Discussion

Lori Horvath with DODD (OH), Harold Sloves with DIDD (TN), and two TBD representatives from IN & MN have an interactive moderated lunch panel conversation.  Get several states' perspectives.

1:30 Pm

Ignite-Style Presentations

Multiple short and sweet talks hitting the import topics and then moving on to another one.  Content packed! 

2:30 Pm

Break - Explore Exhibitor Tech

Multiple short and sweet talks hitting the import topics and then moving on to another one.  See solutions; not sales pitches. 

2:45 Pm

“TEC Doesn’t Have to be a Four Letter Word” - Connie Melvin & Richard Harrington

When most people hear the word “technology”, they immediately think of expensive and complex devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops.  While these devices are amazing in their own right there are many other forms of technology that can offer increased independence to people with disabilities.  And, with budget shortfalls, we find the need to be more creative than ever with our limited dollars. 

Technology is about Enhancing Capabilities (TEC).  Solutions don’t have the be expensive or complex.  They don’t have to be designed and built by technology experts.  In this session, participants will have the opportunity to “roll up their sleeves” – to be guided through the process of building practical pieces of assistive technology using supplies that are available from their local hardware store.   In addition to taking the devices built during this seminar home, attendees will be exposed to a number of commercially available products that address common challenges faced by people with disabilities.  

3:45 Pm

Conquering the Workforce Crisis through Innovation and Intervention - Linda Petrini 

The country is experiencing a surge of job openings.  This is the good news and the bad news.  It presents unique challenges to the I/DD field.  There are innovative ideas proven to increase applicant flow, increase DSP compensation organically and improve the quality of care.

4:45 Pm

Closing Remarks - Closing Tech Survey

Overview of the Disability Cocoon vision and future goals. Also, get your feedback on what worked and what we can improve.  You are part of the movement, tell us what you think...please. 

5:00 Pm

Adjourn - Join Us for Dinner

Meet us at a location TBD for drinks/dinner and continue the discussion. 

What's your Tech:99 implementation story?

Your story could inspire someone else and improve lives!

Please submit your story about any tech implementation, so others can benefit from your experience.  All stories are welcome.  We are looking for real world solutions not just flashy high-tech successes.  Your story could change someone else's life.  Thanks!

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Upcoming Tech:Festivals

We are planning more of the same! 

Minneapolis, MN


Kansas City, MO


Dallas, TX


New York, NY


Cleveland, OH


Denver, CO


Missoula, MT


Portland, OR


San Francisco, CA


About Us

Founded by Dustin Wright who was one of the original pioneers of remote monitoring services back in 2006, and has worked in disability services/supports for 20+ years.  Dustin is joined by an advisory council made up of people that have been in the trenches for decades in disability services and technology.  

Disability Cocoon's goal is to be the resource where people come to learn, connect, explore, collaborate, and more.  We are a catalyst for a national disability technology movement.  We will probably always be changing into something new.  

In case you were wondering, we chose the name Disability Cocoon to represent a place to come for massive transformation into something better...get it, caterpillar to butterfly...cocoon.