Disability Tech:FestivalIndy

Our third one day disability technology festival will be held April 5th, 2019 in at Bullseye event center located on the door steps of Lucas Oil Stadium downtown Indianapolis, IN. 

Several short Ignite-style presentations/demos in our innovative Cocoon Learning model, disability technology expert sessions, games, massage, and whatever else we dream up.  

Come join us for a day of fun, learning, collaboration, and inspiration in the most unique laid back environment....this is not a typical conference.  

Or, drum roll please, you can attend by web or Facebook Live!  You'll miss the in person event but get to see most of the content.  

This event was designed specifically for:

- Provider agency employees

- Case managers

- Guardians/family members

- Other disability professionals

- Self-advocates

- Anyone interested in disability services

     Exhibitor/Sponsors                       Call for Presentations


Bullseye Event Center

723 S Capitol Ave Indianapolis, IN 46225


April 5th, 2019

9:00a - 5:00p

Schedule for Tech:FestivalIndy

We are working with Easterseals Crossroads and inviting leaders in disability technology from around the country to bring you the latest and greatest innovation available.  

Tech:Fest Registration

8:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast, Registration, & Explore Exhibitor Tech

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

9:00 - 9:15 am

Welcome/Kick Off

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

9:15 - 9:45 am

Panel Discussion - The State of the State in Tech

Kylee Hope, Director DDRS - Cathy Robinson, Director BDDS - Steve Cook, President/CEO INARF - Jackie Tijerina, Indiana University

9:45 - 10:15 am

Peeling Away the "Industry Standard"

Ken Smith 

10:15 - 10:30 am

Break - Explore Exhibitor Tech

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

10:30 - 11:00 am

Addressing Workforce Issue

John Dickerson, Quillo

11:00 - 11:30 Am

I/DD Specific Telemedicine 

Dr. Maulik Trivedi

11:30 - 12:00 Pm


Cookout style lunch.  Grab some food and come back to our lunch session next. 

12:00 - 12:45 Pm

Lunch & Learn - Tech-Leveraged Service Models that Redefine What's Possible for Independence

Mike Strouse, My Good Life (formerly CLO in Kansas)

Providers are facing a perfect storm of need, rising workforce costs, and expectations for increasingly inclusive services. There is no magic solution but national thought leaders agree that the next generation of services will be fully leveraged by technologies. GoodLife and its KU partners have worked to create, adapt and use emerging technologies to support independent living and weave these solutions into the fabric of its next generation service models. This presentation describes GoodLife’s Neighborhood Network--a new service approach that works together with iLink Technologies to redefine what’s possible for helping people live increasingly independent, meaningful, and enriched community lives.

12:45 - 1:15 Pm

PATINS & Importance of Accessibility for all Students

Daniel McNulty, PATINS

1:15 - 1:45 Pm

Utilizing Technology that People Already Have

Justin Blumhorst, Capabilities (Ohio)

1:45 - 2:15 PM

The Art of Servant Leadership for the 2019 Workforce

The 2019 workforce is comprised of 4 generations of people. Each generation has their own unique ways of thinking, behaving and communicating. This poses a great challenge for today’s leaders.  This session will demonstrate how a Servant Leadership style of leading translates across all generations. Using stories, reflection and a question/answer format, we will identify key Servant Leadership principles that will provide leaders with tools and resources to enhance employee engagement and productivity.

2:15 - 2:45 PM

Break - Explore Exhibitor Tech

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

2:45 - 5:00 Pm

IoT (Internet of Things) Training

The Easterseals Crossroads INDATA team demonstrates multiple internet connected devices that can increase autonomy.  How can "off the shelf" smart home devices improve the lives of the people you support?  Find out here. 

5:00 Pm


Thanks for coming!

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People with cognitive disabilities have an equal right to technology and information access. A coalition of disability organizations and individuals asserted this right in the official declaration, The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access and introduced it at the Thirteenth Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology, held October 2, 2013, in Broomfield, Colorado.

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About Us

Founded by Dustin Wright who was one of the original pioneers of remote support services, 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 disability services and technology for decades.

Disability Cocoon's goal is to be the resource where people come to discover, learn, shop, 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...get it, caterpillar to butterfly...cocoon.