We are a “consumer directed” board committed to listening to and learning from the entire spectrum of Pennsylvanians’ diversity of age, gender, sexual identity, religion, ethnicity, income, type of disability or health condition, and living circumstances, as well as people hailing from PA’s variety of rural, small community, and large urban areas.
We are responsible for making recommendations for future work of the PA Developmental Disabilities Council, advising technology companies on the efficiency of the devices that are being created to help individuals with disabilities and seniors live and age in their own home independently, learn about and monitor trends in smart home technology and smart devices, promote new smart home devices, etc.
Philip Adams is a resident of Inglis Garden Apartments.
Rod Alcidonis is the Executive Director of Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania.
Michael Anderson is a Legislative Advocate for The Arc of Philadelphia.
Dr. Josie Badger
Dr. Josie Badger received her Bachelor’s degree from Geneva College in Disability Law and Advocacy, a Master’s from the University of Pittsburgh in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Doctorate from Duquesne University in Healthcare Ethics. In 2014 Josie founded J Badger Consulting Inc. where she provides youth development and disability consulting services for organizations including the PEAL Center, on transition and leadership development. She is the Co-Director of the national RSA- Parent Training and Information Center technical assistance center (RAISE). She is also the campaign manager of the #IWantToWork Campaign, to improve the employment of people with disabilities. She serves as a board member of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, The Woodlands Foundation, and FISA. In 2012, Dr. Badger was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America. Previously, she was an author for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for the book Launching into Adulthood and she served as president of the National Youth Leadership Network and the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN).
Jeremy works at Inglis where he serves to many whom reside on site. He is a Community Computing Educator that allows him to assist Adults with Disabilities to become most independent through having a positive understanding of technology. Adaptive/Assistive Technology is a genuine passion of his, but not quite as fulfilling as serving the individuals who use it. Jeremy looks to help the Committee push the boundaries of Universal Design by sharing creative ideas and first hand experience to enhance the lives of many!
Jessica Doran is the Supervisor of Rehabilitation, Recreation Therapy at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
Suzanne Erb is a Philadelphia activist, and serves on several boards and commissions, including Disability Rights Pennsylvania and the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities. She is also an independent music professional.
Joe is the Executive Director of The Arc of Philadelphia as of June 2018. Prior to this position, he was the Director of Programs for The Arc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties for almost five years. Joe has been committed to serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities his entire career and believes that pursing The Arc’s mission is the best way to accomplish that. He has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. In addition, Joe ran the Wings For All program for five years in Lehigh Valley and created one of three sensory rooms in the world in the airport. He is also President of the Employment Coalition for Lehigh Valley. Joe has assisted The Arc of Pennsylvania with the #IWantToWork Campaign, assisting with the organization of press conferences in his local chapter for legislative visitors, and is heavily involved in the growth of The Discovery Program in Pennsylvania. He lives in Scotrun with his four children (his daughter has a Developmental Disorder) and wife of ten years. Joe is very active in his community, coaching youth basketball and baseball year round.
Assistive Technology Consultant at Easterseals of Southeastern PA, has seen a revolution in technology in her 40+ years as an occupational therapist and special educator. When Sandy started in the field many adaptations were homemade contraptions that were dreamed up by the clients and therapists. Even just 5 years ago electronic adaptations were extremely expensive and often not reliable. Today’s smart home devices can liberate and empower all people, including those with disabilities.
Joy McGowan is the Director of Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication at the Easterseals of Pennsylvania.
Tyler is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems & Technology, minor in Digital Graphic Design. He is a consumer advisor with a background in information technology. Tyler considers himself disabled due to many health issues including a rare neuromuscular/autoimmune disease called myasthenia gravis (MG). MG causes varying degrees of muscle weakness in the voluntary muscles such as those used to walk, talk, see, chew, breathe, and swallow. His interest in smart home technology comes from his experience in the IT field and a genuine fascination of new technology. Tyler also has a passion for helping others, including the LGBTQ+ community which was his primary focus in college as the President of the campus’s Pride Alliance. Diversity and inclusion have become his area of focus.
Suria Nordin is co-founder of SunKirb Ideas, LLC and a Senior Manager at Ernst Young.
Pat Nunan, CKBR CKD, CAPS, is President of Lifestyles Design, Inc., and an independent living specialist.
Mandi Parker is an Occupational Therapist at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.
Amanda Quinque, MS, OTR/L, ATP is an Occupational Therapy Team Leader in the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Moss Rehab.
Margaret has been the Executive Director of Cerebral Palsy Association of CC, since 2005. CPA of CC provides a host of services to children and adults with disabilities in the suburbs of Southeastern PA. She has experience with Children’s Early Intervention services, Office of Long Term Living Waivers, Home and Community Based services and Nursing Home Transition services. Margaret’s interests in assistive technology spans from early learning to independent living. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration. She is currently a PA Providers Coalition Association Board Member and also is a Board Member of the United Cerebral Palsy of Pennsylvania.
Matthew Seeley is the Executive Director of PA Statewide Independent Living Council.
Laura Slotkoff, MS, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Specialist at Easterseals of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Through her role as AT Specialist on an interdisciplinary AT team, Laura works to provide innovative solutions to individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Over the past year, she has worked collaboratively with teachers, therapists and the AT team to design 3D printed assistive technology and utilize the tools within maker spaces to benefit students with special needs. Laura is excited about the ever-evolving potential of Smart Home Technology to improve her clients’ independence and quality of life.
Tom is from Philadelphia and has always had a love for music, even as a young child. He was born with congenital glaucoma and after several surgeries, he became completely blind. He currently works full-time as a freelance musician. He is a keyboardist, composer, as well as a producer. Tom uses assistive technology to pursue his passion and is also interested in smart home technology to see how it can make life easier.
Michael Strawbridge is the Director of Adapted Technology at Inglis
Colleen Tomko is the Include Me from the Start Coordinator at the The Arc of Pennsylvania
Dana Thompson of the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council is the Project Officer for the Generic Technology grant funded to PATF
Dawn has 25+ years’ experience assessing, instructing and providing technical support to a multitude of physically, cognitively, and/or mentally challenged individuals. She has recently retired as the director of Inglis’ Adapted Technology Program where she envisioned, researched, collaborated and advocated for the implementation of Adapted Technology in the Inglis computer labs and collaborated closely with Inglis’ Occupational, Physical, and Speech therapies to provide comprehensive technology integration services. She has also been instrumental in bringing free Adapted Technology services to people with disabilities living in the tri-state area. Dawn is passionate about the use of technology to empower others and is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional by RESNA – Rehab Engineering Sciences and Assistive Technology Society of North America.